Compared to stainless steel, titanium has a relatively high hardness that makes it more resistant to scratches, and its stiffness makes it durable enough to withstand bending. It's as strong as steel but 45% lighter, and twice as strong as aluminum while being only 60% heavier. It's also more resistant to corrosion compared to many other alloys.
Foxconn will reportedly be the exclusive manufacturer of these titanium frames. Apple has been researching coatings to help reduce the visibility of fingerprints on titanium, as well as methods for giving the alloy a gloss finish.
Finally, JP Morgan Chase says that the iPhone 14 will likely be a supercycle device with more significant changes than we'll see with the upcoming iPhone 13.
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