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Apple titanium devices now seem more likely to return


Apple files a patent to use a certain coating on possible titanium surfaces to prevent heavy fingerprint marks.

Apple is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint where it can. Last year, it announced that it would no longer ship charging bricks and earphones with its iPhones. It also reported that its overall productions and operations have been more eco-friendly.

The move has triggered Apple to recycle old parts and integrate them into new devices. This is true for the standard anodized aluminum casings for some of their MacBooks. While this is all good, Apple is still working on possibly re-introducing titanium metal back to its production.

Apple files a patent for anti-fingerprint coating

According to Patently Apple, Apple filed a request for a patent on ‘oxide coating for metal surfaces.’ The patent highlights the idea that a coating on certain metals will effectively reduce fingerprint marks on the surface.

For some, heavy smudging of fingerprints on device surfaces are major turn-offs. For some, it is a non-factor.

In the patent, Apple discusses in detail the value of this oxide coating. The patent is thought to be a way for Apple to reintroduce titanium metals back into the Apple ecosystem. Titanium surfaces are quite glossy, which leave ugly fingerprint marks.

Therefore, a sort of coating is needed to at least reduce these eyesores. Apple emphasizes that using titanium metal on devices will be beneficial. Not only is the metal more durable, but it will also be more scratch-resistant. The explanation on the patent does not discuss if the coating on the surface will also be immune to scratches.

Where can titanium be used for Apple devices?

Currently, only the Apple Watch uses titanium for its body. This actually says a lot about the metal since the wearable is the most likely Apple device to be dropped or bumped. As such, using it for other Apple devices, other than the MacBook, will also be a good idea.

There are several iPads with metal casings that scratch and dent easily when bumped. Titanium may also be used on iPhones to make the overall frame of the device sturdier.

Unfortunately, titanium metal comes in more expensive than standard anodized aluminum. Therefore, using it on future Apple devices might increase the price dramatically. It will just be a matter of preference for the user in the end.

After all, a stronger material used on the devices might mean that the device will last longer because of less damage sustained.

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