One of the most common problems that people deal with while using electronic devices is the appearance of smudges and fingerprints on the metallic surface of these gadgets. No matter how careful you are or how hard you try, your fingerprint marks appearing on your phone, laptop or other similar devices is quite inevitable.
To date, most companies have been struggling to come up with a permanent fix for this problem. While there have been temporary solutions, they have not really been able to come up with a long-term solution for this. Users, on their part, have used things like micro-fiber cloth or liquid-based solutions to keep their devices clean and devoid of fingerprints and smudges.
Now, Apple has taken note of this particular problem faced by the users of electronic devices and taking steps to ensure that people should not at least complain about smudges or oily fingerprints while using their products.
At the moment, the Cupertino-based tech giant is conducting research on things that could be done to minimize and eventually, eliminate the appearance of these unpleasant smudges and fingerprints on the surfaces of electronic products. The fact that the company is doing research in this direction signals the possibility of investing in products made of titanium material in the near future.
According to a report published in MacRumors, Apple recently filed for a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent has been named “Oxide coatings for metal surfaces” and offers an elaborate description of how a fragile coating can help in minimizing the appearance of fingerprint marks on the metallic surfaces of the devices it manufactures. In January, Apple had patented enclosures for a titanium device which hints at its plans to use this particular material in its devices in the near future.
Therefore, there are high chances of devices like iPhones, MacBooks, and iPads being launched with titanium casings and a textured finish. Since the latest patent gives a lowdown on how one should use oxide coatings, it exemplifies the benefits of using titanium on commercial electronic devices. With this patent, the tech company hopes to exemplify the fact that titanium is more resistant to fingerprint marks and smudges than most of the other metals.
Usually, oleophobic coatings are employed to minimize fingerprint marks but this particular coating does not prove to be very effective on surfaces made of Titanium. The patent by Apple suggests that the company is keen on using Titanium for its products. However, since this just a patent, one cannot be fully sure about the company making any such before an official confirmation comes.