Apple may be planning quite the makeover for at least one of the 2022 iPhone Pro models. According to a new report, the company may be looking to shift towards developing an ‘iPhone 14 Pro’, featuring a titanium body.
According to a report from JP Morgan Chase, seen by iPhoneWired, Apple will look at manufacturing at least one of the higher-end models to feature a titanium alloy chassis while the others will feature stainless steel or aluminum bodies.
It’s expected that Taiwan manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry will be the exclusive supplier of the titanium chassis. However, the stainless steel frame orders will be split between Hon Hai Precision Industry and Jabil. However, LAnsi and Luxshare are both applying for certification. The aluminum body will reportedly be supplied by Lansi and Jabil.
Earlier this year, Apple filed a patent titled “Titanium parts having a blasted surface texture.” According to the patent, it revolved around a method of creating distinctive textured finishes while transitioning to a more hardened and secure casing for its smartphone.
Apple is already utilizing titanium alloy for its Apple Watch. The material is said to be roughly three to four times stronger than stainless steel. Therefore, titanium should offer more protection to users while granting a higher-end look to the device.
We’re still a ways away from the launch of the iPhone 14 next year. Before we get to that, we’ll have to see what’s in store for the ‘iPhone 13’ later this year. Apple will likely reveal its next smartphone during a September event with a launch date soon after.