The new iPhone 13 lineup hasn’t even been unveiled yet, and already rumors are circulating about the iPhone 14. According to rumors sent to investors by JP Morgan Chase, the future iPhone 14 lineup is expected to boast a titanium alloy chassis for the Pro models.

According to the rumor, the use of titanium is expected to be one of the most important innovations when it comes to the device case we should see in 2022, and Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer chosen for the titanium housing of the top-of-the-line models.

Assuming the rumor is accurate, this is the first time Apple has chosen this material for the iPhone. Recent devices available with this material include the Apple Watch Edition, which is available in titanium with a natural and sidereal black finish, and also the Apple Watch Series 5, which is available in a wide range of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, ceramic and, indeed, titanium.

Macrumors notes that theApple Card is also made of titanium, but the “cases” of the latest iPhones are made of aluminum and stainless steel.

Compared to surgical stainless steel, titanium boasts a relatively high hardness that can make the final device more scratch-resistant; its rigidity makes it quite durable and able to support more flexing. It’s as strong as steel but 45% lighter and twice as strong as aluminum; it’s also more resistant to corrosion than other alloys.

There is no shortage of downsides: the viscosity of fingerprints is more easily visible on plain titanium and related surfaces, typically leaving unattractive marks on consumer devices. The hardness of titanium also makes etching difficult, an option offered by Apple on some devices. However, Apple would have found ways to solve these problems. Recent patents refer to the use of a thin layer of oxide on metal surfaces, which can greatly reduce the appearance of fingerprints on devices. Apple also has sandblasting, etching and chemical processes in place whereby titanium cases can be given a high gloss surface finish and a more attractive appearance.

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According to JP Morgan Chase, the iPhone that will be unveiled next year will incorporate much more significant new features than this year’s iPhone 13. 2022 is the year with which Apple expects a new “supercycle” of updates, with users changing more devices than expected the year before.

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Other rumors in the report report that Apple does not plan to release an iPhone 14 mini, with this product type not being made again after iPhone 13. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that Apple will offer two 6.1″ and two 6.7″ iPhones, and thus both the regular base iPhone and the base iPhone Pro will have displays with the same dimensions. Ne report still refers to the return of Touch ID, if not this year for next, implemented as a side button or integrated directly into the display. Other rumors for some time suggest that Apple is working to eliminate the notch, using a sensor to be integrated into a small hole under the screen, in the manner already done by some manufacturers of Android devices.

Everything that has emerged so far on the terminals of the iPhone 13 range coming this fall is in this in-depth macitynet.