Apple's target is to make your devices tougher without compromising their appeal
All of that explains a patent subscribed by Apple which is titled "Nitriding Stainless Steel for Consumer Electronic Products." Just for the record, the application was applied on April 6, 2010 by Douglas Weber. The news was announced this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the exact words of the application are as follows:
"In addition to providing a durable, hard surface that is both scratch and impact resistant, 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."
So, this is how Apple thinks to do its trick. Sounds quite good to us – not only the company intends to use a material that makes the device more scratch resistant and generally more durable, but it also retains the premium feel and colour of the device.
Here are some pictures of how Apple intends to make its idea materialize:
1. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
they already claimed the i4 was uber tough... vids demonstrated them bending the glass... Jobs was thrilled with how resilliant it is.... oh well, like much of the i4 - it simply will never be good enough.
2. rebecca (unregistered)
My iphone4 already has to scratches on its display, and one on the back. So now I use a case for it. I thought it was going to be scratch resistant. And I'm always careful to NEVER put it in my pocket with anything else, so I don't even know how it got scratched. It's basically hairline scratches that are not really obvious unless you really scrutinize it, but still, it bugs me. I find the display of my 3GS much durable than the ip4. There was not a single scratch on my 3gs' display when I sold it.