The recently released iPhone 14 series is fundamentally very similar to its predecessor. While Apple has shaken things up with this year’s pro models, especially with the new notch design, it feels all too familiar in the hands. But that could be changing soon, and according to noted Apple leakster, ShrimpApplePro, the upcoming iPhone 15 series could feature a new border design along with an all-new back composed of some sort of Titanium alloy.
This is not the first-time rumors of an iPhone with a Titanium alloy back has surfaced. We also noticed similar rumors before the iPhone 14 launch, but the series arrived with the usual Aluminum alloy chassis.
Although that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing new materials on upcoming iPhones. In fact, the Cupertino giant has explored the use of Titanium, Titanium Alloys and Hybrid Plastics in consumer electronics. PatentlyApple even reported on a very similar Apple patent where they take a serious view at Titanium and its alloys for future products, especially because of the metal’s high strength coupled with its relatively lighter weight.
In Apple’s patent background they note that titanium and its alloys are well suited to the manufacture of consumer electronics due their high strength, stiffness and hardness. For example, the relatively high hardness of titanium makes it resistant to scratches, and its stiffness makes it durable enough to withstand bending. In addition, titanium is inherently more corrosion-resistant than certain other alloys.
Moreover, according to ShrimpApplePro, the upcoming iPhone 15 series will also feature a different chassis design, possibly with more rounded corners, like we saw with the iPhone 5C.
Premium Materials Exclusive to the Pro Models?
As we have seen in a recent trend with iPhones, Apple is trying to create a more distinct and premium identity for the Pro models. The iPhone 14 Pro for example features an all-new notch design with exclusive software features like Dynamic Island, which simply don’t show up on the base models. Even with the upcoming iPhone 15 series, Apple is planning to introduce high-speed data transfer through the new USB-C port with support for USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. But this will allegedly be exclusive to the Pro models, and the base iPhone 15 phones will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds.
Similarly, there’s a big chance that if we indeed get to see new materials on the iPhone 15 series, it will most likely be limited to the Pro models. Specially if it’s some sort of a Titanium alloy, as it’s significantly more expensive than the Aluminum alloy used on existing phones. Again, take this rumor with a big grain of salt as we have heard similar rumors before other iPhone launches, and moreover the iPhone 15 series launch is still very far away, and a lot can change in that time.