Cupertino-based tech giant Apple could work on creating titanium MacBooks, iPads and iPhones, according to a new patent granted to the company. The patent describes how Apple plans to give the Titanium an aesthetic finish. It comes after a patent was granted to Apple last month for a genuine matte black MacBook. However, in this patent, Apple explains how to give a naturally matte material a semi-gloss finish.
A report from 9to5Mac, which first spotted the patent filing, says it is a more technical patent and deals with the process of combining sandblasting and etching with a chemical anodizing process in order to obtain the desired finish. Apple says sandblasting and etching helps hide flaws in the metal better, while the latter offers better protection. âThe small-scale roughness of the etched titanium part and the shot-peened and etched titanium part is beneficial in masking surface defects, such as weld lines and differences in crystal grain structure. On the other hand, only the sandblasting of a titanium part in a conventional manner offers advantages such as the masking of the weld lines, âstates the patent. âIn some examples, it may be better to use a combination of etching and sandblasting process while anodizing the titanium. party, âhe said.
Apple currently uses aluminum for its iPhone, MacBook, and iPad models, which is considered a lighter version of titanium. However, titanium is much stronger and can be used as a much thinner part to achieve the same strength and stiffness.
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