Why the aluminum door on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won’t go away
The iPhone 6’s aluminum door is not going away.
A new report claims the phone’s aluminum design could result in increased manufacturing costs for Apple in the coming years, which could force Apple to build its own materials.
“The aluminum door in the iPhone X will eventually need to be replaced with another material, so Apple will need to spend more money in its manufacturing facilities to make the aluminum-clad iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XS Max Plus, Xtremes, and Xtreme versions,” the report says.
“If it can’t afford the costs, Apple would be forced to create its own new material that it would not be able to use on the rest of its products, such as the iPhones,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Apple has said it plans to produce more aluminum-based materials for its products in the future.
In November, the company announced that it was using recycled materials in its iPhone 5s, and its iPhones 8 and 8 Plus.
The company also said it would be replacing some of the material used for the aluminum iPhone 8 Plus with recycled materials.