While we’re still waiting for the iPhone 13 series to be released, rumors are also circulating about the models that will be released in 2022. And this week, the MacRumours site published an article indicating that some models of the iPhone 14 series could be equipped with a titanium alloy chassis.

Citing a note that would have been written by JP Morgan Chase, the media indicates that on the iPhone 14 series, the most high-end models (probably the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max) would benefit from this new alloy. In terms of design, this would be a significant development.

Titanium on some 2022 models: what would be the benefits?

Indeed, if Apple already uses titanium on other products, such as the Apple Card, it has always been satisfied with steel or aluminum on its iPhones. But with a titanium alloy, Apple could offer models with a stronger chassis compared to aluminum and lighter than steel.

In addition, Apple would also work on a way to eliminate the disadvantages of this material. For example, while it has advantages in terms of weight and strength, it easily retains fingerprints. But according to MacRumours, Apple has filed a patent application for an oxide coating for metal surfaces that would reduce the appearance of fingerprints. Apple is also said to be working on a process that would allow titanium to have a shinier appearance.

Of course, for now, this is just a rumor. Nevertheless, given that the iPhone 13 series, which will be released this year, will only be an improved version of the iPhone 12 series, it is expected that major new features will arrive in 2022.

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iPhone 14: smartphones without notch, and with a fingerprint scanner?

Note also that in its article, MacRumours corroborates previous rumors that had circulated about the iPhone 14 series. A priori, in 2022, Apple will no longer offer a mini model. Instead, the firm could offer a smartphone with an XXL screen (like the Pro Max models) but at a more reasonable price.

In terms of design, Apple could finally abandon the notch on the 2022 models and replace it with a bubble (like on many Android smartphones). In addition, the iPhone 14 series could also benefit from Touch ID. However, the fingerprint scanner should no longer be positioned on a button, but under the screen.

Although Apple guarantees the reliability of its facial recognition mechanism, this biometric sensor showed its limits during the pandemic (because of the mask).