Apple iPhone 15 Pro may skip stainless steel in exchange for titanium for its frame: What we know


There could be a breakthrough of sorts in the iPhone lineup this year. Apple is planning to introduce USB-C port in its iPhone for the first time. This is a big but not the only change coming. A report earlier stated that the top-of-the-line iPhone 15 Pro series may feature a chassis (frame) made of titanium for the first time. Due to this, the iPhone 15 Pro will be lighter and more durable than its predecessor, which used stainless steel.

Apple started using stainless steel on high-end iPhones in 2017 with the launch of the iPhone X. Since then all high-end iPhone models have used stainless steel for their chassis. But that’s set to change this year. according to the tipster Appleshrimppro, who has a fairly good track record of accurate Apple-related leaks, reported in November that the iPhone 15 Pro models would use a casing made of titanium with rounded edges. Later, JPMorgan Chase analyst Jeff Pu confirmed the leak in an investor report.

So, is Apple really planning to upgrade the design of the iPhone 15 Pro series?

For years, Apple has been rumored to be working on an iPhone with a titanium case for several years now. According to several patents filed by Apple over the years, the company is planning to replace stainless steel with titanium on its high-end iPhone models. To get an idea of ​​what an iPhone with a titanium casing would look like, take the Apple Watch for reference.

The Apple Watch uses a titanium case since its 2019 model. Over the past few years, the Apple Watch has garnered positive reviews not only for how efficient it is, but also for how durable the smartwatch is. Not only that, the Apple Watch models show the difference in weight that titanium can bring. Apple offers its smartwatches in both steel and titanium cases. The 41mm steel model of the latest Watch Series 7 weighs 42.3 grams, while the titanium version weighs 37.0 grams. Similarly, the 45mm steel model weighs 51.5 grams, while the titanium version weighs 45.1 grams. Not to mention, the highest-end Apple Watch Ultra only comes in a titanium casing.

With stainless steel, the latest iPhone 14 series weighs between 172g and 240g. This means that the model at the top end of the price spectrum, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, weighs around 240 grams. With titanium, Apple may be trying to reduce the weight of the iPhone without compromising on the material. However, the iPhone 15 Pro model is unlikely to weigh less than the aluminum iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus that are due to arrive later this year.

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