A new report by JP Morgan Chase claims that 2023 iPhone 14 Pro models will have a titanium casing. iPhone Pro models come with stainless steel chassis and iPhone base models come in aluminum. The alleged new chassis would offer more durability and be lighter in weight than the currently used materials.
In 2023, Foxconn will manufacture titanium frames for iPhone 14 Pro models
According to the report, viewed by MacRumors, the use of titanium alloy will be one of the biggest changes to the case design in the 2022 iPhone series, and Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the titanium frames for the high-end models.
Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is one of Apple’s major iPhone assembling partners. The manufacturer reported a 20% growth in the second quarter of 2021 with NT$1.36 trillion revenue. The increase in devices during the COVID-19 pandemic like Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and other electronics, boosted the revenue of Foxconn and other tech companies. Supply chain sources claim that Foxconn has secured all orders for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models launching in Fall. As per the new report, the manufacture will provide next-generation more sturdy and lighter frames for iPhone 14 Pro models.
Apple offers Apple Watch models and physical Apple Card in titanium finish. The new material is just as tough as steel but approximately 45% lighter. In comparison to aluminum, titanium is twice as strong but 60% heavier. Therefore, it can be assumed that Apple will continue to ship the base iPhone 14 models in aluminum chassis, but will replace stainless steel with titanium in iPhone 14 Pro models. The casing would look like a luxury iPhone 12 edition in titanium casing by Caviar.
Other reports detail that the 2023 iPhone series will be powered by next-generation Apple Silicon built on 4nm process and Apple will offer a 120Hz refresh rate across the series. For now, sources claim that only iPhone 13 Pro models will feature always-on and 120Hz ProMotion displays.