Apple may introduce superior smudge-free tech in iPhone 5

By on August 16, 2011
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Apple files new patent for its smudge free coating to improve its longevity.

One things that Android fanboys don’t understand is that its not just about the OS or user interface, but also a large part of loving a Phone is about the actual build quality of a phone. Nokia has better and rugged build quality than other phones even though they lack in OS lack luster. Similarly Apple offers solid hardware plus with modern OS. Just holding an Apple device in hand gives that feel of better finish quality than other handsets. This is due to the fact that a lot of Apple research goes in its manufacturing and not just on iOS.

One such thing is their battle against smudges and fingerprints on screen. The iPhone 3GS and devices that came after it come with oleophobic coating but it wears off in time. But now Apple has filled a new patent for a more permanent solution.

The current Oleophobic coating is prepared by super-heating pellets of the material in a chamber with the glass. The pellets vaporize and coat the glass. But with time the Oleophobic material gets contaminated and long exposure to heat also limits its effectivness. But the new Apple patent describes a process which keeps the oleophobic ingredient in a pressurised chamber with an inert gas. The approach reduces the risk of undesirable chemical reactions between the coating and the air and would allow Apple to spray the coating directly onto the glass.

This would allow future iOS devices to reject oil for longer time than the current models. We can expect this new coating to make its debut on the upcoming iPhone 5.


Dad in the day, Gamer by night. Loves everything Geek. By profession an Engineer but my hobby has been Video gaming on PC since 1989.

  • Yogesh Ahuja82

    oh pls this article is so smug… apple’s hardware is always playing catch up.. and the ios is closed..that y it feels so much “better” (according to the author).. apple has lost market share to android.. and with microsoft doing well for itself… with nokia.. i suspect the ride will  not be as smooth as apple figures… 

    the max apple will offer is 4 or 4″3 inch screen with a 8mpx camera… that is old specs.. i had that last oct thru ma htc desire hd… .the so called full glass makes it easier to break and has created the “antennagate”…

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