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03-01-2011, 10:48 AM #1
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
03-01-2011, 10:53 AM #2
well as long as my phone get scratched that fast
03-01-2011, 10:54 AM #3
Sweet! About time...
03-01-2011, 11:07 AM #4
I suspect this means it will shatter from a four foot drop instead of three.
03-01-2011, 11:16 AM #5
what about the consumption of that liquid metal company? can we see some of that S***!!!"they're trashing our rights. hack the planet!"
03-01-2011, 11:34 AM #6
(Scratch) Resistant being the key word.
I want scratch proof dammit! Especially for the base of my MacBook Pro
03-01-2011, 11:53 AM #7
Good idea, but if you dont know how to take care of your idevice, it's pointless
03-01-2011, 11:55 AM #8
03-01-2011, 12:22 PM #9
03-01-2011, 12:26 PM #10
Lol remember the first iPhone with aluminum back before Apple got cheap? There's your scratch-proof phone
03-01-2011, 12:27 PM #11
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03-01-2011, 12:38 PM #12
I want ceramic case like the ceramic watches being sold right now, it is scratch resistant AND it can be made into different colors.
03-01-2011, 12:53 PM #13
I'd love to see this
03-01-2011, 01:40 PM #14
03-01-2011, 01:55 PM #15
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...
03-01-2011, 02:07 PM #16
This was applied for last year, and we all new about it...
03-01-2011, 02:14 PM #17
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.
Last edited by rkswat; 03-01-2011 at 02:21 PM.
03-01-2011, 02:24 PM #18
03-01-2011, 02:35 PM #19
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.
03-01-2011, 02:42 PM #20