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“FineWoven” is indeed the branding Apple will use for its new material replacement for leather. According to the company, the material will be used for the iPhone 15 cases as it continues to push for its 2023 sustainability plans.
It will be available in mulberry, evergreen, taupe, Pacific blue, and black. And as earlier reports have mentioned, the material is also used for other accessories Apple has, such as wallets with MagSafe, AirTag key rings, and Apple Watch Magnetic Link and Modern Buckle bands. It officially joins the other materials Apple uses for its other accessory creations, including its silicone and clear cases.
According to Apple, the new material has lower carbon emissions. This adds to the current sustainability efforts of the Cupertino giant, which started with its expanded repair program. In June, Apple added the iPhone 14 series, 13-inch MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro powered by M2 to its Self-Service Repair program. It also brought its True Depth camera and top speaker repairs for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups and Mac desktops in the US, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK at that time.
Now, alongside the announcement of the FineWoven material, Apple confirmed the new internal chassis architecture for back glass repairability. More efforts like these are expected from Apple in the future, especially now that it is trying to cooperate with legislators pushing such causes. This includes the EU that forced Apple to adopt the USB-C in the iPhone 15 series and California’s Right to Repair Act or “SB 244,” which the company is now supporting despite initial resistance.