NEW DELHI: When it comes to Apple MacBooks, the company has been following a pretty standard colour scheme and if you have ever wondered why the Cupertino-based tech giant has not yet chosen to manufacture Black-coloured MacBook then you have your answer today thanks to a new patent that has been spotted by Patently Apple filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and is titled as ‘Anodized Part Having a Matte Black Appearance’.
“Enclosures for portable electronic devices can include an anodized layer that can be dyed in different colors in order to enhance their cosmetic appeal to consumers. However, certain colors are far more difficult to achieve than others. In particular, attempts by consumer electronic device manufacturers to achieve a true black color have fallen short. Indeed, the best attempts have attained only a dark grey color. One challenge to achieving a true black color is that anodized metal can have a relatively high floss finish, which is capable of specularly reflecting large amounts of visible light,” says the company in the patent.
Apple goes on to describe the process in slightly more detail and says, “Merely depositing dye particles within pores of an anodized layer is insufficient to impart a true black color. Indeed, the anodized layer plateaus at an L* value in the low 20s. Part of the challenge to achieving a true black color is that the surface of these enclosures generally has a high gloss finish, which contributes to specular reflection of a large amount of visible light.”
While a patent application is not supposed to be a clear indicator of whether or not Apple may be planning to launch a pure matte Black MacBook model in the future, but it does give a peek into how the company intends to do it in case it decides to give it a shot.