According to the latest news, Apple is currently researching ways to reduce the appearance of fingerprints and smudges that form on metallic surfaces of its devices. Experts are considering this news as a hint that the company might soon be launching products with titanium.
MacRumors reported about a recent patent from the Cupertino based giant which was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office. This patent was titled “Oxide coatings for metal surfaces”. It described in detail how a thin coating can significantly reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the metallic surfaces of its products.
On the other hand, just last month, Apple had patented titanium device enclosures which also reveals its plans to add the material to its future devices. MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones might arrive with titanium casings with a distinctive textured finish.
The latest patent describes the use of oxide coatings. It stresses the advantages of using titanium on consumer electronics products with terms like “high strength, stiffness, and hardness”. In the patent, Apple highlights that titanium is more susceptible to fingerprints than other metals. Oleophobic coatings are usually used to reduce fingerprints from glass surfaces but it does not go well with metallic surfaces like Titanium.
In simple words, the patent indicated Apple’s interest in using titanium in its devices. The company has also discussed related technologies and solutions. Note that, as of now, this is still just a patent so consider this report with a grain of salt.