Apple’s laptops and computers in general are made out of aluminum. This is more or less the standard choice of materials for a lot of electronics these days, but according to a patent discovered by Patently Apple, it seems that Apple could be interested in exploring other materials, such as titanium.
The patent in question talks about how future devices, like MacBooks, could use a textured titanium surface that is accomplished through a bead blasting process. The patent also mentions how anodized aluminum isn’t quite as durable as titanium, but it also notes that titanium’s hardness does make it difficult to etch, which could result in a surface that looks unappealing.
The end result could actually resemble the Apple Watch Edition, which unlike the other Apple Watch models is made using titanium and has a textured surface. It should be noted that this isn’t the first time Apple has used the material, apart from the Apple Watch. The Powerbook G4, launched in the early 2000s, was also made of titanium.
However, back then the process that Apple used resulted in some issues like how brittle the material was that it resulted in breakages, as well as paint chipping off. There’s no word on whether or not Apple will actually go through with this patent, but it could be interesting to see it brought back.