Apple was one of the first manufacturers to market laptops in a unibody chassis, greatly contributing to the overall robustness.
Laptops have come a long way in recent years. Especially since the appearance of unibody chassis, 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 might even offer titanium MacBooks.
Apple Patent mentions Titanium MacBooks
Laptops from Apple, and other brands for that matter, are most often made of aluminum. This is the standard material for many electronic devices today. If we believe a patent recently discovered by Patently, the Cupertino company could be interested in other materials, including titanium.
For even more robustness?
The patent in question discusses how future devices, like MacBooks, could use a textured titanium surface, via an industrial process known as shot peening. The patent also mentions that anodized aluminum is not as durable as titanium but the hardness of the latter makes it difficult to engrave, which could result in a surface rather unpleasant to the eye.
The end result could look a lot like the Apple Watch Edition, which, unlike other Apple Watch models, is made of 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, with the device easily subject to breakage. The paint, meanwhile, peeled off quickly. No one knows if Apple will make this patent a reality, but it could be very interesting to see Apple machines made of titanium, MacBook or other.
To be continued.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.