Apple could soon improve the strength of its iPad tablets with a new titanium alloy, which would replace the current aluminum. This would make the shelves more rigid and therefore more difficult to fold.
The latest iPad Pros aren’t well known for their rugged design. Indeed, these are made of aluminum and they all have some weak spots that can make them bend very easily. Apple could correct this problem in the next generation, according to a report from DigiTimes.
Indeed, according to a new report, Apple could make future iPads with a titanium alloy chassis, completely replacing aluminum construction. A titanium chassis would be significantly more resistant to scratches than the aluminum chassis of the iPad models of recent years, in addition to allowing iPads to better resist unintentional bending.
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Future iPads could replace aluminum with a titanium alloy
According to DigiTimes, a new iPad could use “ an aluminum alloy frame which will be treated by PVD (physical vapor deposition). The sources also revealed that Apple is also considering outfitting the iPads with a titanium-based metal chassis, but the high costs to do so may not be economical at this time. “.
As the manufacturing costs of its iPad with a titanium alloy are still probably very high, Apple may be content with aluminum for a few more generations before switching to the new material. Thus, it is expected that the iPad mini 6 also offers aluminum, even if it will undergo a major overhaul of its design. Indeed, the small tablet will offer an 8.3-inch screen, the borders will be thinner, the home button will be removed and the Touch ID fingerprint reader will be moved to the edge.
Apple could present its new tablet at an event next September, which would take place a week after the launch of the new iPhone 13. We will therefore have to wait a few more weeks before finding out more.