The iPhone 14 might still only be a distant glimmer in Apple's eye, but the rumor mill works hard and fast in the camera phone industry. A new analyst report has claimed that Apple will be using a titanium alloy chassis or internal frame for the iPhone 14 Pro models.
Apparently, investment firm JP Morgan Chase's China office has reported to its clients that Apple is planning to introduce a titanium alloy to the iPhone for the first time.
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As reported by AppleInsider (opens in new tab), Apple has already used titanium in some of its products, including Apple Watches, the physical Apple Card and for some PowerBook models. However, AppleInsider also advises that pure titanium is not only prone to fingerprint marks, but its toughness is only achieved when used as an alloy with other metals. This means it's likely that Apple will be using an alloy to help address these potential problems.
JP Morgan also claimed that the 2022 will be another "supercycle" year, with the iPhone 14 bringing more exciting upgrades than the iPhone 13, which is expected to be fairly run-of-the-mill. This will be similar to the significant changes that the iPhone 12 (opens in new tab) series brought to iPhone with the introduction of 5G.
On a similar vein, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also reported that we won't be seeing (opens in new tab) an iPhone 14 mini. Instead, there will be four iPhone 14 models – two with 6.1" screens and two with 6.7" screens.
While this information is certainly interesting, we still have over a year until the expected release date of the iPhone 14 in September 2022. This means that it's probably a little premature to take either of these rumors as gospel. However, both JP Morgan and Ming-Chi Kuo have excellent reputations for Apple leaks, so we'll be waiting to see how these rumors develop further.
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