Rumors about iPhone 14 have been circulating. Although the current iPhone 13 is still not launched. The latest information says the iPhone 14 Pro will use a titanium alloy frame. According to a report from JP Morgan Chase, the iPhone 14 will bring a lot of upgrades. One of the improvements is to use a titanium alloy frame. This frame will be made exclusively by Foxconn, according to MacRumors.
Advantages and Disadvantages
When compared to stainless steel, titanium alloy has many advantages. Titanium has a higher level of hardness. So that it is more resistant to scratches and its rigidity makes this material more resistant to bending. Titanium is as strong as steel, but 45% lighter, and twice as strong as aluminum. The material is also more anti-rust than other mixed materials.
However, the use of titanium in the iPhone 14 also has its drawbacks. Fingerprint marks can be clearly seen on the titanium surface. So it can leave marks that look unattractive. However, it seems Apple already has a way of dealing with this. Based on the patents that have been registered, Apple is researching the use of a thin oxide layer for metal surfaces that can reduce the appearance of fingerprints.
In addition, Apple also revealed blasting, etching, and chemical processes that can provide a glossy finish on titanium surfaces. Previously, Apple had used titanium material in several models of the Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Physical Card also used titanium material. Reports from JP Morgan Chase also corroborate rumors that Apple will not launch the iPhone 14 mini with a 5.4-inch screen. Previously, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple would only offer the iPhone 14 in two sizes, 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches.
The report also mentions the Touch ID feature will return to the iPhone in a new form. Use the fingerprint sensor under the screen or on the side of the phone.