Apple is reportedly considering using titanium for the chassis of upcoming iPads. The news comes via sources cited by industry outlet DigiTimes.
Current iPads are made from aluminum-based metal, but that could change in the future. The DigiTimes report was one more widely about the upcoming 9th-generation iPad, with the switch to titanium mentioned almost in passing.
The new iPad will also equip with aluminum-alloy chassis that will be processed by PVD. The sources also revealed that Apple is also considering equipping iPads with titanium-based metal chassis, but the high costs for doing so may not be economical at the moment.
We’ve been hearing that Apple has considered switching some future iPhones to titanium, a material that has so far been used in Apple Watches. Previous patents have also suggested that titanium could find a home in Macs and other products, too.
Putting titanium into a product would theoretically make it tougher and less likely to warping and scratching. It isn’t a cheap method of constructing anything, however, so it’s likely we will see the higher-end products move to titanium before the mid-range devices do. Expect Pro model iPhones and the iPad Pro get titanium before anything else, for example.
It is important to remember that DigiTimes has a somewhat hit-and-miss track record, however. Keep that in mind before getting your hopes up for a titanium iPad any time soon.
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