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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. shahab86's Avatar
      shahab86 -
      well as long as my phone get scratched that fast
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Sweet! About time...
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      I suspect this means it will shatter from a four foot drop instead of three.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      what about the consumption of that liquid metal company? can we see some of that S***!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      (Scratch) Resistant being the key word.
      I want scratch proof dammit! Especially for the base of my MacBook Pro
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Good idea, but if you dont know how to take care of your idevice, it's pointless
    1. ToddD81's Avatar
      ToddD81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      (Scratch) Resistant being the key word.
      I want scratch proof dammit! Especially for the base of my MacBook Pro
      Just get some of those small rubber boots. Stick them to the bottom of it to raise it slightly and keep from scratching
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Snozberries View Post
      what about the consumption of that liquid metal company? can we see some of that S***!!!
      Battery upgrade... 30 days with charge
    1. PhantomPhoenix's Avatar
      PhantomPhoenix -
      Lol remember the first iPhone with aluminum back before Apple got cheap? There's your scratch-proof phone
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Snozberries View Post
      what about the consumption of that liquid metal company? can we see some of that S***!!!
      Battery upgrade... 30 days with charge

      See here: Future Devices to Be Powered By Liquidmetal Fuel Cells?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I want ceramic case like the ceramic watches being sold right now, it is scratch resistant AND it can be made into different colors.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I'd love to see this
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      (Scratch) Resistant being the key word.
      I want scratch proof dammit! Especially for the base of my MacBook Pro
      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.
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      how bout they tinker with the idea of not putting shatter inclined glass on the back of a device i carry every where? i guess that's like asking them to dial back their money printing machine though...
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      This was applied for last year, and we all new about it...
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by jeffhesser View Post
      how bout they tinker with the idea of not putting shatter inclined glass on the back of a device i carry every where? i guess that's like asking them to dial back their money printing machine though...
      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.
    1. bluespot's Avatar
      bluespot -
      Non-conductive?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Ah yes. This should be about as successful as the famous "helicopter glass" used on this iPhone that cracks if you even stare at it too hard.

      Good luck with this Apple. I'm sure you'll blame it on the consumer again as soon as scratch complaints start rolling in.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      I want ceramic case like the ceramic watches being sold right now, it is scratch resistant AND it can be made into different colors.
      Yes... then when you drop it it doesn't scratch,...

      it breaks into tiny little pieces that you can superglue back together!
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      look!!!