According to a report from PatentlyApple, the iPhone 15 Pro is rumored to feature a titanium alloy frame, replacing the stainless steel frame of the iPhone 14 Pro. The information reportedly comes from supply chain reports in China, indicating that major Apple parts supplier Hon Hai Group has placed large orders for titanium.
If the rumors are true, the use of titanium would offer several advantages for the iPhone 15 Pro. Given that titanium is just 40% as heavy as stainless steel but has the same strength, the new iPhone might be considerably lighter while yet being highly durable. Alternatively, Apple may choose to maintain a similar weight but enhance durability with the use of titanium.
The report also suggests that the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max will also feature a titanium alloy frame, potentially making it lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is known for its weight. Additionally, there are rumors that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, expected to launch in the future, will be the largest iPhones yet, further supporting the shift to titanium frames.
While the use of titanium would likely increase the cost of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, it aligns with the expectation of higher iPhone prices in global markets. However, it is worth noting that the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to retain aluminum chassis, diverging from the Pro models.
As with any rumors, it is important to take this information with a grain of salt until official announcements from Apple are made.
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