A new patent awarded to Apple indicates that future iPhone models could end up looking like the version of the Huawei P20 Pro with the gradient finish on the back of the device. The patent, named Surface Finishing, reveals how Apple might change the look of the surface underneath the outer glass shell of a future iPhone model. This will create rainbow effects, gradients and other designs that shift the color on the back of the device.
According to the story found in MySmartPrice, the patent envisions the use of computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling to create grooves on the surface of the device. These grooves change the way light reflects off of the product. Instead of using a sandblasting technique, Apple would use ceramic beads to change the grooves to produce a controlled color shift that would appear when the device is moved even slightly.
Apple is supposedly planning on redesigning the iPhone for 2019, and if reports of lagging iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR sales are true, a radical new look could be in store. And that might include the use of gradient or color shifting finishes for the iPhone as soon as next year.