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Apple Patent Details 18-Karat Gold Manufacturing Technique For Apple Watch Edition

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According to a new report, Apple holds a patent that allows them to make 18-karat gold that uses just 28 percent as much gold (in volume) as a standard 18-karat gold alloy.

For consumers, this means that the pricing model for the Apple Watch Edition may be significantly lower than the original estimates. It is fascinating to see that Apple has some brilliant material scientists on board working on breakthrough manufacturing techniques.

“Apple’s gold is a metal matrix composite, not a standard alloy. Instead of mixing the gold with silver, copper, or other metals to make it harder, Apple is mixing it with low-density ceramic particles. The ceramic makes Apple’s gold harder and more scratch-resistant—which Tim Cook touted during the September announcement—and it also makes it less dense overall.

The karat measure of gold is based on the mass fraction. One hundred grams of 18k gold has 75 grams of gold and 25 grams of other material. If that “other material” is a low-density ceramic, it takes up a bigger volume than if it’s a high-density metal. Because the casing of a watch is made to a particular size (i.e. volume), not to a particular weight, the ?Watch will have less gold in it than an 18k case made of a conventional alloy.”

Lower manufacturing costs on Apple’s end doesn’t mean it will translate to breakthrough prices on the consumer side. The Apple Watch Edition will still be an expensive product and if Apple has figured out a way to use less gold than standard 18-karat gold alloys, then that will go towards higher margins not lower prices.

Apple is expected to provide more information about the Apple Watch at its “Spring Forward” media event in San Francisco. The keynote begins tomorrow at 10am PST / 1pm EST and the company will be live streaming the event from their website.

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  • Al

    “… if Apple has figured out a way to use less gold than standard 18-karat gold alloys, then that will go towards higher margins not lower prices.”

    And yet another Nick Salerni illogical assertion. This ranks right up there with the idiots who think the gold watch will cost $10,000 to $20,000.

  • Chrome262

    I am not even sure where they got the info from the grey area, I read the link, and the patent and other metal process are as follows: K values are based on the fraction of pure gold to other alloys. so 10k ring has more nickel or silver or whatever compared to 18k gold. So its maybe less dense but it should have the same fraction of gold as other 18k items. Only thing that would make it cheaper is that ceramic uses less material and is cheaper then say copper or silver.

  • Me

    Yes, definitely idiots. Right.

  • bspence88

    ‘Know-it-all’ Al is wrong again. Calling people idiots for speculating the gold watching being $10k-$20k. You shoot yourself in the foot time after time. When will you just shut up and get off this site? You don’t seem to enjoy it based on your posts anyways.

  • Al

    “Time after time”? Care to back that up?

    Refer to my response in the article, “Apple Watch Prices in Canada Start at $449; Gold Edition at $13,000”

  • Me

    Read your own original post again, sir.

    “And yet another Nick Salerni illogical assertion. This ranks right up there with the idiots who think the gold watch will cost $10,000 to $20,000.”

    Idiot!

  • Al

    Here’s a thought… READ what I posted.

    Are you familiar with the term “Time after time”? Apparently not.

    Do you read my response in the other article? Apparently not.

  • Me

    You’re right, I didn’t. I’m referring to this one.

  • Dominic Cooper

    I have to have one

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