Apple's patent application reveals focus on an iPhone that won't scratch, dent or bend

Apple's patent application reveals focus on an iPhone that won't scratch, dent or bend
The three new iPhone models unveiled by Apple last Wednesday each carry an IP68 rating allowing them to be submerged in water as deep as nearly 5-feet for as long as 30 minutes. In addition, Apple says that the glass used on the devices is the most durable glass ever used on a smartphone. That might be enough to satisfy iPhone owners for now, but Apple isn't standing still. A patent application filed with the USPTO in March, 2017 reveals that the company is working on an abrasion-resistant finish that can protect the device from dents and scratches.

The patent application mentions a hard outer layer with an intermediate layer in between a metal substrate and the outside coating. The latter could be made of a ceramic material or a hard carbon-based material with all the hardness of a diamond. The outside layer would have a thickness between .5 micrometers and about 3 micrometers, and would be harder than the intermediate layer. This "in-between layer" would measure between 8 micrometers and 30 micrometers.

The name of the patent application is "Abrasion-Resistant Surface Finishes On Metal Enclosures On Metal Enclosures" and according to the document, the coatings provide improved resistance to abrasion and denting. The patent application adds that "Coatings that provide improved resistance to abrasion and denting are described."


Check out some images from the patent application by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: USPTO via BGR

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17 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So the price will be $2500 per phone knowing the way this fruit company is going.

3. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

No one is forcing you to buy it.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And no one will ever force me to buy one! Just sad for the hardcore iFans!

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6396; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Those that are driving expensive Mercedeses and Porsches make you equally sad? How about those that are eating at the most expensive diners, drinking some of the most expensive wines and laying on the beaches of some of the most expensive resorts?

15. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

He just won't admit that he can't afford it. I'm not saying the new iPhone's are worth the money, I'm just saying that he knows he can't afford them either way so he's talking s**t.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Then why the hell are you complaining? ALL. THE. TIME.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6396; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

He must be a proud member of ”I hate Apple just because" club :).

2. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Motorola Force anyone? Those devices have a screen that cannot be damaged.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's just a myth, that plastic screen easily scratched. You'll need tempered glass screen protector to protect that screen.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 623; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Worldpeace is right. They are difficult to break, but easily scratched.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They were shatter proof, far from damage proof. Scratched easier and felt plasticky, and if the screen took an impact it could still break at that point. Saw a few of them damaged during my time at Verizon.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And they'll just sit there, waiting Chinese manufacturers figure out how to actually make it. "the abrasion-resistant coating has a shiny black color and has a slick, cool-to-the touch feeling" that's sound like ceramic (like mi mix ceramic edition), they even mention "sand" on sentence after that (tempered glass can get scratch from sand, but not ceramic), bad thing is, it's really brittle.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It's to sell their $299 Air Case Has fall detection, which inflate to protect it from drops

7. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

So they made some drawings, nice.

9. tiz_meh

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Not all iPhone are ip68 certified, fix the typical-phonearena-bias-fruit error lol

14. Kohai

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

Well, from "Apple's patent application reveals focus on an iPhone that won't scratch, dent or bend" to what the patent application says "Coatings that provide improved resistance to abrasion and denting are described" there is a huge gap: from won´t to improved... I recommend you to place a more accurate title. Regards,

17. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. - Douglas Adams

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