Apple was one of the first manufacturers to market laptops in a unibody chassis, greatly contributing to the overall ruggedness …
Laptop computers have made great strides in recent years. Especially since the appearance of unibody chassis – one piece therefore -, which makes the device much more robust and resistant over time. The choice of materials is also very important. Metal is very popular today. Apple may even offer MacBooks in titanium .
Apple patent mentions titanium MacBooks
Laptops from Apple, and other brands, are most often made of aluminum. This is the standard material for many electronic devices today. If a patent recently discovered by Patently is to be believed, the Cupertino company may be looking at other materials, including titanium.
For even more robustness?
The patent in question discusses how future devices, such as the MacBook , could use a textured titanium surface, via an industrial process known as shot blasting. The patent also mentions that anodized aluminum is not as durable as titanium, but the hardness of the latter makes it difficult to etch, which could result in a surface that is quite unpleasant to the eye.
The end result could look a lot like the Apple Watch Edition, which, unlike other Apple Watch models, is crafted from titanium with a textured surface. Note, this is not the first time that the Cupertino company has used this material in addition to the Apple Watch. The Powerbook G4, launched in the early 2000s, was already made of titanium.
That being said, at the time, the process used by Apple had caused some problems. The final material was quite fragile, the device being easily subject to breakage. The paint, on the other hand, chipped off quickly. No one knows if Apple will make this patent a reality, but it could be very interesting to see Apple machines in titanium, MacBook or otherwise. To be continued !