Why no Titanium?

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  1. waywardsage macrumors 6502

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    I know Apple stopped using titanium in their laptops a long time ago. I was just curious why? Seems like it'd be the ideal material to build laptop cases out of.
     
  2. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    Probably would be too expensive nowadays with current prices on titanium.
     
  3. matperk macrumors 6502

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    Weren't they damaged really easily as well? Or is Aluminum damaged easier? I probably have it backwards.
     
  4. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah aluminum isn't sturdy at all..
     
  5. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    They had to paint on a coating for the titanium, which flaked and chipped. =ugly.
     
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    I wonder why they painted them?

    I've got a titanium framed mountain bike and it is unpainted. It has a brushed finish which still looks great after nearly 5 years.
     
  7. Harryt223 macrumors member

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    I agree and brushed finish looks nice.. I wouldn't want mines painted anyways..
     
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    Titanium is also a royal pain to work with, in terms of cutting pieces to fit, etc.
     
  10. OllyW Moderator

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    The tooling required to form the shape of panels is very expensive too.
     
  11. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't titanium also play not-so-well w/ wireless signals? At least in comparison to Aluminum?
     
  12. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    Don't think either is great. Ultimately it was probably a money issue.

    Too bad there's not a stainless steel MBP. Weight be damned, I'd buy that for a nice industrial look and a sturdy frame.
     
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    Sounds interesting. Speaking of which, I wonder why the whole casing isn't currently uniform (e.g., the area between the keyboard and trackpad is painted metal, which is odd).
     
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    My sister in-law worked for apple in coupertino durring the Ti Powerbook days

    the real reason is, Ti is soooo hard of a metal, it was literaly wearing out the machines that pressed the metal into shape. A very expensive tool to wear out, Alum is much easier to press because it is soo much softer.


    believe me or not, this is the real reason.
     
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    Aluminum is a very soft metal, that is why you can easily crush aluminum cans with your hand, whereas is it much more difficult to crush tin/steel cans in your hand.

    I would love to see Apple create an toughbook styled MacBookPro with all the strenght and the waterproofing that the Toughbook has.

    I'd by that in a second, even if it is 2 inches thick.

    TEG
     
  16. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

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    don't hold your breath on Ti books return guys, next ones will probably be made of carbon fiber, personally i believe it is the next logical step :)
     
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    The TiBooks really didn't age well, they edges would flake and dent with any impacts.
     
  19. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I think they aged just fine. I loved my TiBook, and my stepbrother still has it, it's still looking great. Sounds like the poster above who said it wore out the manufacturing equipment too quickly is correct.
     
  20. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    Most of the ones I've seen have had nasty trim and the hinges often broke.
     
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    here at work we get several TiBooks. After reading this thread i went and picked up one of the customer's TiBooks and examined it. I too dont understand why they painted it...as the customer's was all scratched up on the bottom as well as the edges revealing a metal that was a shade darker than the painted exterior...its kinda hard to explain, but i wouldnt have minded the entire computer unpainted.

    I dislike the plastic trim on the outside though. Reminds me too much of the dells we get too.
     
  23. tremendous macrumors 6502

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    no, this does actually sound legit. ti is a b*tch to machine.
     

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