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