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Ten days ago, here’s an updated and expanded version of just one of the things subscribers saw…
Titanium iPhone 14 Pro, anyone?
The most interesting rumor yet about an upcoming iPhone is that the iPhone Pro could be built with a titanium alloy chassis, while others in the range will stick to aluminum or stainless-steel as now. The rumor comes in an investors report from JP Morgan Chase, seen by iPhoneWired.
Exciting, huh? But before you get carried away, you’re going to need to be patient. Because this is predicted to land in 2022. In other words it’s what we’re loosely calling the iPhone 14 at this point—though this name will change if this year’s model turns out to be called iPhone 12s, something I personally think is increasingly likely.
Titanium alloy is strong and can be three or four times the strength of stainless steel, which in turn means less is needed to deliver as much strength, leading potentially to a lighter iPhone.
The titanium chassis will be restricted to the Pro version of the iPhone, and perhaps not to every iPhone Pro, as the report says that there will continue to be 2022 iPhones with aluminum frames, like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, but also stainless steel, the material in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Does this mean that we can expect a whole new version of the iPhone, then, a level above the iPhone Pro…