A fresh patent from Apple hints at new iPhone and Apple Watch materials. Forbes reports, based on a patent, that Apple is exploring utilising a “Zirconia-based ceramic material” in future iPhones and Apple Watch versions.
“Electronic Devices with Textured Zirconia-Based Components” Apple said this material will offer devices a matte exterior. The texture of the enclosing component may also be customised to be wearable and easily cleaned.
The material might be utilised on the side of the Apple Watch or the back of the iPhone, according to the report. Apple may replace toughened glass with ceramic matte in the future. The corporation may do this for iPhone Pro devices.
Apple says a zirconia-based component may be made of a partly stabilised or alumina-toughened ceramic. Zirconia is strong, resilient, and wear-resistant. It’s corrosion-resistant.
It’s a patent for now, but Apple might bring the Zirconia-based material to the iPhone Pro and Pro Max. Such a material will raise product prices and is best for high-end versions. Future Apple Watch designs may have it along the sides. Ceramic phones aren’t new. Samsung and Xiaomi have used the material, but Apple would be the first.