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  • Apple Tinkering with Scratch Resistant Metal Device Coating


    With scratches and dings more than just commonplace in iDevice ownership, Apple may be tinkering with new technologies that will reduce the unsightly blemishes that adorn our ubiquitous mobile gadgets. According to information made public this week, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded ownership of a "scratch resistant metal device coating" to Apple.

    U.S. Patent No. 7896981 is described as "Nitriding stainless steel for consumer electronic products." According to the patent's "abstract" summary, the coating represents a "cost effective system, method and apparatus adapted to provide a nitride layer on stainless steel used for the manufacture of consumer electronic products."

    "In addition to providing a durable, hard surface that is both scratch and impact resistant," the patent description reads, "the nitride layer allows for the natural surface color and texture of the underlying stainless steel to remain visible to the user. It is this natural surface color and texture of the stainless steel that adds to the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the consumer electronic product thereby enhancing the user's overall experience."

    The invention is credited to Douglas Weber and, as of the current published status of the patent, ownership is assigned to Apple Inc., effectively giving the Cupertino, California tech giant the green light to begin slapping this scratch-proof coating all over our cherished iDevices. Although the coating, for example, won't make the iPhone indestructible, it will all but certainly preserve the just-out-of-the-box look that often quickly disappears with the device's prolonged use.

    Source: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tinkering with Scratch Resistant Metal Device Coating started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      dope
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by jiniej View Post
      dope
      What makes u say that?
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      OR, how about you learn to take care of your very expensive electronic device?
      For those of you whining about how easy the i4 breaks, you're either too irresponsible or immature to own an i4. Sorry but big boys and girls know how to take care of their phones. If you lead such an over the edge exciting life maybe you should have a phone that can be dropped, dunked, punted, skipped or what ever you do to damage your i4 and keep the iPhone for those "special" occasions.

      I personally love the look, feel, design and durablity of the i4 and I don't want a bunch of whiners that can't take care of their property to influence apple into changing it.
      Your telling me that you have NEVER dropped you phone? I'm calling BS on that, I may have not broken but sometimes it does. Not all of us have 1970's shag carpet in our house to save our phones !!!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I would love to use my iDevices with no cases.... however that will never happen!
    1. chad daddy's Avatar
      chad daddy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      OR, how about you learn to take care of your very expensive electronic device?
      For those of you whining about how easy the i4 breaks, you're either too irresponsible or immature to own an i4. Sorry but big boys and girls know how to take care of their phones. If you lead such an over the edge exciting life maybe you should have a phone that can be dropped, dunked, punted, skipped or what ever you do to damage your i4 and keep the iPhone for those "special" occasions.

      I personally love the look, feel, design and durablity of the i4 and I don't want a bunch of whiners that can't take care of their property to influence apple into changing it.
      It not about how we take care of it it's about the 600$ were spending to have something that covers all categories so what if he is a sky diver that like to have a retina screen. Apple should cover it like they promise.
    1. Ddaniel87's Avatar
      Ddaniel87 -
      I have had my i4 without any kind of protection, including those clear screen shields and I take care of it not so well, let's say a 6/10, I have dropped it a few times, one time someone put a beer bottle on top of it went to sleep and left it there and the next morning it left a beer ring on the iPhone screen that came out with only water and a paper cloth and I haven't got any single scratch, not even a hair like scratch, I've got my i4 the first day it came out. So I really don't know how can people get their iPhone 4 scratched...
    1. akafred's Avatar
      akafred -
      i have a tungsten carbide ring and its damn hard to scratch apple should look into that, probably to expensive, also nitriding is nothing new this has been used on tooling for a long time. I don't even see how you can patent something like this.. its like saying were going to steal their invention and use it on a phone, i guess if you have a good patent layer you can get any thing thru..

      also i never understood why apple doesn't include the little dimples that are on most devices that virtually eliminate scratches.
    1. ImStrapped's Avatar
      ImStrapped -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Lol yeah I'm with you on that one, I hate how easy the bottom of it can scratch!

      If Apple wants to do this then..cool, go right ahead.
      Lol same thing here!! it scratches so easily!
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      How about a carbon fiber one.
    1. FrankyMcGee's Avatar
      FrankyMcGee -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      This was applied for last year, and we all new about it...
      Yeah I thought I heard about apple applying for this patent months ago. It's good to see apple is grabbing as many patents as possible. Looks as though if they cease making products they will still be making money on all of these patents
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      Ive had my i4 since they came out. I put it in the defender series otterbox thinking it was the best thing. Whereas i never dropped it. I ended up with severe dents and scratches to the phone itself. I have a physical job and therefore wanted shock resistance. I dont know how your phone didnt scratch at all, must be your silk pants.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      I dunno why Essany thinks this immediately applies to iDevices. Unless the next iphone comes out with a steel case, this is best used by the Macs. They scratch up like no one's business.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      Yes... then when you drop it it doesn't scratch,...

      it breaks into tiny little pieces that you can superglue back together!
      Mine have yet to shatter.
      Dropped it a couple times, banged it on many things (especially walls and desks).