Ever since the introduction of Series 7000 aluminum, which is reportedly 60% stronger than standard aluminum, with the Apple Watch, the question of whether or not Apple would use it for a future iPhone has swirled.
In April of this year, a report from the Economic Daily in Taiwan suggested that Apple did indeed plan on using Series 7000 aluminum for its next iPhone, called the iPhone 6s for now. Just under a month later, in April, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo posted several different Apple and iPhone-specific predictions, including the use of Series 7000 aluminum for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Now, a new report from the Taipei Times, and citing information gained from Catcher Technologies’ (one of Apple’s largest metal casing suppliers) CEO, Allen Horng, seems to confirm that Apple is at least testing out the idea of making its next iPhones from Series 7000 aluminum. The report highlights that Horng said that “a surface treatment on a harder metallic material is a more difficult process than using traditional metal-casing processes,” and then added that he expects production yield to be tighter at the start of mass production for this new unit.
It’s not a direct indication that this has anything to do with Series 7000 aluminum, or even Apple, but considering the connection that Catcher Technologies has with Apple, and the phrase itself, it’s certainly possible that this is what Horng was referring to.
As it stands now, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, while still rumors, are expected to feature several different aspects carried over from the Apple Watch, including Force Touch. Interestingly enough, the report doesn’t indicate whether or not this inclusion of Series 7000 aluminum will just be made for the iPhone 6s, or if the iPhone 6s Plus will get the upgrade as well.
Are you looking forward to what the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have to offer later this year?[via GforGames; Taipei Times]