A new report reveals Apple is working on a new device that will be protected from dents, bend or scratches. This is according a patent application filed with the USPTO back in March, 2017. The patent reveals that the company is working on an abrasion-resistant finish that can protect the device from dents and scratches.
The application mentions a hard outer layer with an intermediate layer in between a metal substrate and the outside coating. The name of the patent application is “Abrasion-Resistant Surface Finishes On Metal Enclosures On Metal Enclosures”. According to the document, the coatings provide improved resistance to abrasion and denting.
Apple patent application reads;
The abrasion-resistant coatings can also be used to provide a cosmetic quality to a part. For example, in some cases, the abrasion-resistant coating has a high gloss finish. In some cases, the abrasion-resistant coating has a shiny black color and has a slick, cool-to-the touch feeling. Thus, the abrasion-resistant coatings are well suited for providing cosmetically appealing and protective surfaces to consumer products that may be exposed to a wide range of everyday materials such as steels and other metals, sand, stone, concrete, grit, glass, etc. For example, the abrasion-resistant coatings can be used to form durable and cosmetically appealing finishes for housing of computers, portable electronic devices, wearable electronic devices, and electronic device accessories, such as those manufactured by Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, California
Just last week Wednesday, Apple unveiled three new iPhone models that carry an IP68 rating allowing them to be submerged in water as deep as nearly 5-feet for as long as 30 minutes. The company also revealed that the glass used on the devices is the most durable glass ever used on a smartphone.
It will be nice to see how this device will look like and how well it will do on the market. What do you think of this?