Apple’s next-generation “FineWoven” material to replace leather and silicone accessories

Recent rumors suggest that Apple is planning to discontinue its silicone rubber and leather accessories, replacing them with a new “FineWoven” material that is more eco-friendly. This move comes as part of Apple’s broader commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental footprint.

iPhone 14 silicone case

FineWoven: Apple’s new eco-friendly material that looks and feels like leather

The information comes from a reliable source in the Apple community known as “Kosutami,” who has a track record of sharing accurate details about upcoming Apple products and changes. According to the rumor, Apple’s transition away from silicone and leather accessories will include popular items such as the iPhone Silicone Case with MagSafe, Sport Band, Solo Loop, and AirTag Loop.

One of the most significant changes in this transition is the replacement of leather iPhone cases with a premium material called “FineWoven.” This material is expected to offer a high-end look and feel while being more environmentally friendly than traditional leather. FineWoven is poised to become the go-to choice for Apple’s accessory lineup, replacing leather across the board.

iPhone 15 Finewoven

However, the discontinuation of silicone accessories is not expected to happen overnight. Instead, Apple will gradually phase them out by not introducing new color options or updated models. For example, the Sport Band may continue to be available until existing supplies run out, without any new additions to the lineup. This gradual approach allows Apple to make a smoother transition to more sustainable materials.

Apple is also set to release new accessory designs that align with its eco-friendly goals. One example is the “FineWoven” Apple Watch band featuring a magnetic buckle, which will replace outgoing silicone options.

The decision to discontinue leather and silicone accessories is part of Apple’s broader commitment to environmental sustainability. While silicone accessories have a lower carbon footprint compared to leather, they are not made from recycled materials. Additionally, materials like fluoroelastomer, which Apple has used in the past, are challenging to recycle due to their heat-resistant properties and complex structure.

“FineWoven” is just the beginning of Apple’s transition to next-generation materials. This sustainable shift aligns with the company’s dedication to reducing its impact on the environment and promoting greener manufacturing practices. As a result, we can expect to see more eco-friendly materials introduced across various Apple accessories in the future.

(via MacRumors)

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