Apple Approves New Patent To Make Upcoming iPhones Scratch-Resistant: Here’s How It Will Work

Users of coming


You may not need a case for your smartphone.


was looking for ways to do that


The chassis withstands higher wear. The Cupertino-based tech giant has been granted a patent (discovered by AppleInsider) for “

Spatial Composites

.” With this new technology, Apple will be able to embed metal or ceramic into the iPhone case to ensure scratch resistance. The company also points out that different materials used in an iPhone case come with certain advantages and issues.

It is important to make iPhones scratch resistant

“[Mobile] phones, watches and


Computers can come into contact with various surfaces, which can damage or scuff the device’s surface. [Regular housing] “Materials for such devices can exhibit different combinations of properties related to strength, appearance, abrasion resistance, electromagnetic shielding, and the like,” Apple’s patent states.

How different materials can be good or bad for iPhones

“[For instance,] Metal housings may be particularly resistant to denting, scratching, or breaking, but may interfere with radio signals entering or emanating from the device. Ceramic cases may be scratch resistant and transparent to radio signals, but may be brittle. “Plastic cases can be transparent to radio signals and fairly strong, but can be prone to scratches or dents,” the company added.

How Apple plans to solve the problem

According to the patent, the solution proposed by Apple is to use more than one material for the case when the company lays out its plans. However, such an introduction will present a challenge for the company and throughout the patent the materials to be mixed and the way in which the goal can be achieved are discussed.

“An electronic device housing” must “contain abrasion-resistant elements at least partially embedded in the substrate”. [chassis material] and extend beyond the outer surface,” Apple noted in the patent.

β€œThe wear-resistant elements can be made of metal or ceramic. The substrate consists of a malleable matrix. The wear-resistant elements are harder than the malleable matrix,” the company explained.

Apple also used drawings in the patent to show the different shapes of the “abrasion-resistant elements.” Each of these materials has different benefits, but share the same overall goal.

Another drawing in the patent shows these elements distributed on the back of an iPhone. This drawing is intended to show how these items are placed throughout the chassis. The spacing between each element is expected to be between 10 and 100 microns.

The patent also recognized the research of three inventors, including:

Christopher D Preset

. Until now,


has been working on a method of using glass-ceramic components in a MagSafe system that allows both data and power transmission.