It has been rumored for months that Apple?s next-gen phone, either the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, might feature the Apple Watch?s Force Touch technology. Now, a report out of Taiwan indicates that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to utilize the same aluminum alloy used in the Apple Watch Sport and furnish it into the company?s next flagship handset.
iPhone 7 body might be carved out of aluminum
Taiwan-based media outlet Economic Daily News (EDN) reported on Wednesday that Apple might have plans of adopting a significantly stronger aluminum for its upcoming model. To be specific, the report claims that the next-generation iPhone will be fashioned out of the company?s in-house Series 7000 aluminum alloy. ?This type of aluminum is the same metallic alloy currently used in the body of the entry-level Apple Watch Sport.
GSMArena pointed out that during the Apple Watch unveiling, Apple said that this alloy is 60% stronger than regular aluminum alloys and has one-third the density of stainless steel, that means it?s both lightweight and durable. If the company pulls it off, it could finally lay the controversial ?#Bendgate? issue to rest.
Taking a page out of Apple Watch?s book
The device maker touted the strength of the Apple Watch Sport?s aluminum in a video released last month (see below). The Series 7000 aluminum alloy is the same material used in professional competition bicycles. Apple treated the lightweight metal with microscopic zirconia beads in order to give it a nice metallic satin finish.
On the Apple Watch Sport page, the company describes the benefits of the new aluminum alloy: ?For Apple Watch, we created a new alloy of 7000 Series aluminum that?s 60 percent stronger than standard alloys. Yet it?s very light. Together with the Ion-X glass covering the display, it makes the Sport collection watches up to 30 percent lighter than our stainless steel models. It?s also exceptionally pure, with a beautifully consistent appearance that?s difficult to achieve with traditional aluminum alloys.?
Apple is expected to launch the next member of the iPhone family at some point in September. MacRumors.com mentioned that EDN has a spotty track record when it comes to leaks and insider information about Apple. While this report attracts the interest of avid Apple fans, until we hear an official word from the tech giant it?s best to take it with a grain of salt.
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