The iPhone 15 Pro isn’t Apple’s first foray into titanium — remember the TiBook?

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MacLife issue October 2023 cover

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Forget its new A17 Pro chip, the new 48-megapixel camera and the new Action button, the real superpower of the iPhone 15 Pro is its ability to instantly turn your iPhone 14 Pro from being a splendid state-of-the-art pocket-sized supercomputer into being a dead weight in your hand in seconds. It does this by ditching the steel enclosure that the previous model had and replacing it with “aerospace-grade” titanium. Titanium just sounds better, doesn’t it? Why settle for steel when you can have titanium? And in four different colours, too!

The advantage of titanium is that it’s as strong as steel, but half the weight and therefore it gets used in everything from surgical equipment and implants to space rockets. This means the new iPhone 15 Pros are just as strong, but more lightweight than their predecessors.

In fact, Apple is so excited about its use of titanium that it gave over an entire segment of the iPhone 15 launch event to Isabel Yang, a material science engineer at Apple, who explained how the Grade 5 titanium alloy used in the new iPhone 15 is even stronger than regular titanium. So strong that it’s used in the Mars rover. 

Titanium G4 PowerBook on a white background

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But this isn’t Apple’s first experiment with titanium. Back in 2001 it produced the world’s first titanium laptop, the G4 PowerBook Titanium, lovingly known as the “TiBook” because  “titanium PowerBook” was just too much of a mouthful to say, let alone type.

Setting the stage for the modern MacBook

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