When the Apple Watch Sport launched in April, the device was the first of Apple’s post-PC lineup to be built with the company’s new 7000 series aluminum. According to Apple, they’ve “created a new alloy of 7000 Series aluminum that’s 60 percent stronger than standard alloys. Yet it’s very light”. Could the next iPhone adopt the same type of metal?!
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who echoes previous reports, the next-generation iPhone, which will likely be dubbed the iPhone 6s, will be built using Apple’s brand of 7000 Series aluminum.
iPhone 6s 7000 Series Aluminum Metal Rumors
If the iPhone 6s does indeed utilize the metal, it’s reported to be slightly taller and wider than the current iPhone 6 by approximately 0.15mm. It’s also speculated that the inclusion of Force Touch (Apple’s tech for determining pressure input on the Apple Watch’s touchscreen and their new MacBooks’ trackpads) will force the company to increase the overall thickness of the iPhone by about 0.2mm.
Provided the 6s and 6s Plus are built from the custom aluminum alloy, they’ll be significantly more durable than the current iPhone models, which are built from Apple’s regular aluminum alloy, which will unquestionably be a welcomed improvement.