- An Apple patent suggests that future Apple products could come with a titanium body.
- Titanium is a lot tougher than aluminium and does a much better job of resisting fingerprints.
- It could be several years before we see the tech in action due to the manufacturing challenges associated with titanium.
It is far too early to start talking about the iPhone 14, considering that the iPhone 13 launch is still a few weeks away. Then again, that has never stopped anyone from speculating about future Apple offerings. Some reports even prophesise about Apple’s pricing strategy, for the iPhone 14 series. This time around MacRumours suggests that a future iteration of the iPhone could ditch the tried-and-tested aluminium unibody design and ditch it for a slightly more exotic metal- Titanium. Apple has only just patented the technology, so it’ll be a while before we see it in action.
Apple’s decision to transition to titanium alloy is a part of its larger effort to develop better oleophobic coatings for its devices. While it is practically impossible to keep fingerprints away completely, Apple hopes to use a thin oxide coating or film that reduce the discolouring bought on my repeated finger contact. Additionally, Apple can also tweak the aesthetics of said coating, allowing it to offer the iPhones in new colourways. Titanium is also much tougher than aluminium, allowing it to withstand a lot more abuse.
While the prospect of titanium iPhones might sound like a promising one, it’ll be a few years, at least, before we see them in action. The chances of it debuting alongside the iPhone 14 are very low, as Apple will have to rejig its manufacturing plants to work with entirely new material. Furthermore, brands are known to file patents decades ahead of schedule, hoping to cash in on the design once it becomes economically viable to manufacture.