Apple Reportedly Mulling Titanium Casing For Future iPads
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.