Apple's latest patent indicates that a change could be coming to the look of future iPhone models

Apple's latest patent indicates that a change could be coming to the look of future iPhone models
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.

More illustrations from Apple's new patent called Surface Finishing

More illustrations from Apple's new patent called Surface Finishing


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.

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32 Comments

1. scarface21173

Posts: 603; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Sales are lagging because prices are to high simple as that.

3. Shazam777

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

You expect Apple t understand taht?

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Rich peoole do not care about high price.

12. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1075; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Yeah but unfortunately for Apple the 90% of poor people that buy them, do care.

20. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Damn you need to grow up. That is the stupidest argument there is.

29. iushnt

Posts: 3032; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@Peaceboy, actually rich people do care about price that’s why they are rich. It’s indeed poor and middle class who spend their fortune on an iPhone. That’s why they defend the brand a lot.

2. basher

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

When you don't have any ideas, change the colour. Fans will buy it as the best iPhone ever, doesn't matter if it has the same borring OS since the beginning and medium to low quality components.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6091; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I rather get boring phones that work great when I do fun stuff rather than buying fun phones that work meh when I do boring stuff ;).

19. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

So an iPhone isn't the phone for you then... Already had sooo many #iGates... Get something that just works, not iWorks Leo da 'No display' iMultitasking MC LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

28. htcisthebest

Posts: 430; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Actually, iPhones are boring AND don't work great. It will freeze on you from time to time.

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 6091; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Phones are boring, the stuff you do on them can be fun. I believe the last time my iPhone(s) froze I was running iOS 8 or 9; after them even the betas - which I had them every year - were stable enough to use daily.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3032; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Buy any latest flagships, it will work great!!

4. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Apple is now patenting gradient colors. You cant make this ish up swear, lmfaoooo!!

6. gamehead unregistered

If it has a notch and missing features I won't care

7. mclaren113

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

This is innovation

8. LouisMariano5

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

gradient colors aren't going to help apple... lowering the price of their phones and them being less greedy will #facts

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Fruit company is feeling the heat. Sales are dropping but they increase prices so that they still can make profit. Fruit phones are boring and iOS is the most boring OS ever build. But iFans are still in denial haha.

11. slashas

Posts: 118; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

How OS can be boring? Do you play with OS, do you having fun with OS? Or? :)

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It is boring because it is limited!

15. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Its limited and when you look at 1 users Apple device you seen them all. No themes, can't change font. All you can do is change wallpaper :/ Plus you always hear the same boring Apple ringtones

16. whatev

Posts: 2081; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It’s useless to argue with these kids, they are like inferior life forms incapable of understanding basic concepts, especially Sickpoo, I don’t know what he’s doing here, his neighbors the rats must be missing him in the sewer

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1075; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

An OS can easily be boring if you can't change anything about the user experience. Uniformity is boring, forever looking at the same old home screen is boring. I've got mine set up in such a way that I can easily access my appointments for the week, glance at my work schedule, read overviews of new emails without accessing the app and much more. Using custom gestures to do things quicker than on stock Android. There are a lot of things that I find make Android a superior OS to iOS, which comparatively is ridiculously boring and restricted.

31. iushnt

Posts: 3032; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@slashas, just use iOS and then Android, u will know what boring means..

14. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

So Apple stops Huawei sales in the US and is now telling other countries to do the same. And they using their gradient colours and patenting it? It's like Apple and the US are brainwashing countries and people to think Iphones only matter and they are innovative :D RIDICULOUS!!!

18. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All i will say is, Some of you talked crap when Samsung decided to do these colors, lol Now look, lol

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yea, they actually did similar with the S6. They all had jeweled dualtoned colors, that show a different hue depending on how the light reflected on it.

21. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1116; Member since: May 01, 2017

2019 is going to be the year of foldable phones, camera overkill and s**t gradient colors...most phones are going to be looking the exact same more than they do now

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Funny. Samsung did this with the S6 and now PA seems to be loving it and claiming Apple is coming the P20. You guys never give Samaung credit where credit is due.

27. htcisthebest

Posts: 430; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

And once again that 'radical redesign' will be something that Samsung already has done a year or two ago because Apple really likes to steal its competitors' intellectual property and design trends.

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