Apple has introduced new titanium alloy cards to its lineup of high-end phones, but its new cards have some notable drawbacks, including an absence of a titanium edge and an absence from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
A new Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 Plus are seen on display at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, April 26, 2020.
Apple announced Tuesday that it will discontinue the use of titanium in its new iPhones, citing the “risks of corrosion and wear” as the reasons for the switch.
The new iPhone cards will have the same titanium edge, though they will also have a lower number of edges.
The iPhone 6 cards will be the first to have the edge, while the iPhone 7 will use the same aluminum-alloy edge as the iPhone 5S.
“With the introduction of the iPhone SE and iPhone XS, we’re taking a major step to improve the durability of the titanium used in Apple products,” Apple said in a statement.
“We’re working with the leading titanium manufacturers to develop an entirely new range of high quality titanium cards for Apple’s iPhone series, the latest of which will be released in September.”
The iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone X, and iPhone 5 are all built on the same manufacturing process as the new iPhone 6.
However, the new cards will use different materials, making them less susceptible to wear.
Apple said the new titanium is more durable than its predecessors, and will also be less likely to break when used in the event of a collision.
The iPhone 7 is the next generation of the iPhones, and is expected to be thinner, lighter, and cheaper.
The new iPhones will have a redesigned back, and be available in the iPhone range starting in September.