A Rumor from JP Morgan Chase claims that high-end iPhones in 2022 will use a Titanium Alloy which is supported by Patents
A new report from Taiwan claims that the latest report from JP Morgan Chase predicts the 2022 iPhone 14 high-end models will be made with a titanium alloy and exclusively supplied by Hon Hai (Foxconn).
In addition, other models in the iPhone 14 series will use aluminum alloy and stainless steel frames. The stainless steel frames are supplied by Hon Hai and Jabil. Lansi and Luxshare are also applying for certification; while the aluminum alloy frames are supplied by Lansi and Jabil. For more, read the IT Home report.
Patently Apple has covered several Apple patents that were published between 2017 and 2021, with work on this project dating back to at least 2016. In February 2021 we posted a report titled "Future Apple devices may be made with Titanium Alloys with an applied Anti-Fingerprint Coating." The patent figures below are from that patent.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below shows perspective views of devices having metal surfaces that can be treated with the coatings; FIG. 5 shows a perspective view of a part composed of a titanium substrate without a coating, showing a visible fingerprint; FIG. 8 shows a perspective view of a part composed of a titanium substrate with fingerprint-hiding oxide coating.
Apple's patent FIG. 7 above illustrates a cross-section view of a part composed of a titanium substrate having a fingerprint-hiding oxide coating.
Further, patent FIG. 7 shows a cross-section view of part #700 composed of a titanium substrate having an oxide film. The titanium substrate can be composed of pure titanium or a titanium alloy, such as a Ti6Al4V alloy.
At the very least, the JP Morgan Chase rumor is supported by Apple patents. Whether the timing to market will in fact be in 2022 is another matter.