Titanium: a closer look at the new Apple Watch Series 5 material

Titanium: a closer look at the new Apple Watch Series 5 material
Titanium.

A word most recently famous because of the Sia song (hum along!), the "bullet-proof" material is actually a real chemical element discovered way back in 1791 and poetically named after the Titans race of gods from the Greek mythology. Despite its mythical status, it also appears in the far less mystical periodic table of elements with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It's also the newest exquisite material that Apple uses for a special "Edition" version of its brand new Series 5 watch.

At a starting price of $800, the titanium Apple Watch costs slightly more than the $600 stainless steel version, and it's actually double the price of the $400 aluminum watch. Clearly, higher price means higher value and some special abilities. So what are they? It's time to find out.


A quick Wikipedia look-up will tell you that it is "a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density, and high strength", plus it carries the benefits of being resistant to corrosion in sea water, and chlorine.

Or as Apple puts it in the marketing materials for the Series 5:


Hm, so we have two different Titanium finishes, one with the natural metallic white color, and an additional DLC coated version that has a very appealing "space black" tone.


A friendly YouTube video (seriously, it's better than a science book) also tells us that titanium has the best weight to strength ratio and that a plate made of titanium will weigh 50% less than a plate made of stainless steel.

The list of interesting facts continuous with a few more:

  • compared to steel, it's much harder to cut titanium with an angle grinder
  • the color of the sparks when cutting titanium are white, not yellow like with steel; particles when cutting it are much hotter and an increased fire hazard
  • because of the above, you should not cut titanium with an angle grinder. Hm, that Apple Watch sure sounds extra strong!
  • it has high ductility. Simply put, it means that when you shoot it with a bullet, it is extremely hard to pierce titanium, harder than stainless steel and much, much harder than aluminum
  • has very high corrosion resistance. It's oxidized in air of only over 100 degrees Celsius.
  • it's used extensively in aviation
  • it's used in medicine for prosthetics because of excellent biocompatibility


And that is a quick overview of the exciting properties of titanium, the new super light and super durable Apple Watch Edition.

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7 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Essential Phone was made of Titanium and costed less than this phone.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keep your Series 4...I am.

3. pogba

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

"Clearly, higher price means higher value and some special abilities"... Hello Victor, how am I supposed to take you seriously as a journalist if you stand by such a remark. It's the kind of a statement I'd expect from a blind fanboy.

4. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Because he is not a journalist just a "fanboy reviewer"

7. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Because he is a blind fanboy. The series 5 isn't gonna do much more than the last model. Slightly faster chip, maybe slightly larger battery considering they are using always-on- display, same old design. This is the man who is retruning his Note 10+ purely out of hate, but prasing an overpriced watch that does less than a phoen for the exact same price. No smartwatch on this planet is worth anything above $150. And unless its made from $100 real metals liek Titanium, Gold or similar and have real diamonds in them like Rolex watches do, then even $10,000 for a watch no matter the brand is a joke. I wouldn't even pay $1000 for a Rolex no matter how nice looking they are. They are all overpriced money grabs for people who just have money to waste. I love gadgets and I spend at least $5000 per year on them. But I do have lines I don't cross. These are the people who spend $300K-$1M for an apartment with a fancy name (Condo), with less than 1000sq. ft of living space.

5. gadgetpower

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

I love titanium

6. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Wow! $800 for something that has a face smaller than a $0.50 piece. The device probably contains less than 5% of the actual metal, when you consider what they did with the gold edition. and knowing Titanium is very expensive per pound at $30. When I know for a fact, a titanium bike frame which weights 17lbs sells for about $3000-$4000, then I know Apple is getting off easy. $800 for a device that is not even 5% the actual properties listed is a darn shame. Verizon lists the Series 4 Aluminum with the fancy band for $799. Wow what a joke!

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