Apple Seeks Patent on Fused Glass Enclosures for Use on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Displays, and Televisions

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple last week filed for a European patent (via Patently Apple) on methods for fusing glass pieces together to create various types of glass enclosures for a number of products. While the patent application specifically addresses the general concept of such devices, examples and drawings included in the application outline how the process could be applied to such products as iPhones, iPads, iPods, displays, and even televisions.

    Three independent claims in the application describe Apple's use of fused glass to create housings to cover displays or other components:
    Example showing an extruded glass enclosure with fused end cap
    Further descriptions suggest that while glass display housings could be paired with enclosures made of other materials as on many Apple products, entire enclosures could be also be made of glass.

    Of notable interest, Apple design chief Jonathan Ive is named as one of the inventors on the patent, along with Apple designers Peter Russell-Clarke and Mike Pilliod.

    Hand-drawn figure from Apple's original U.S. filing showing a display and other components inserted into a fused all-glass enclosure
    Interestingly, the European patent application cites as priority a U.S. application filed in January 2012. That application was quietly published on July 25 of this year following the expiration of the 18-month confidentiality period on applications, although the application did not specifically name Apple as the assignee of the rights. That application also included rather crude hand drawings for its figures, drawings that were translated into more professional illustrations for the European filing.

    Article Link: Apple Seeks Patent on Fused Glass Enclosures for Use on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Displays, and Televisions
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    An all-glass enclosure sounds sexy but very OCD-inducing.
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2011
  4. macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    Ok. I'm a big Apple fan but is fusing glass to make an enclosure really a novel idea?
  5. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
  6. macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2009
    Wow! And I thought it was odd that my Emergency Zombie Defense kit was in a breakaway glass container.
  7. macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
  8. AngerDanger, Aug 6, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    I'm amazed at how little I understand that patent jargon.

    After following steps 1, 11, and 20, I've rendered Apple's next hit product:

  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2012
    The iPad/rMBP service philosophy strikes again. At least with the latter two you can get the tools to service them yourself. There would be no way to access the unit without breaking the enclosure. I assume manufacturing defects would be dealt with by simply swapping the unit with a new one. :rolleyes:
  10. macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2010
    It's an idea, not a process.
    The process they use should be patentable, not the idea of fusing glass to make an enclosure.

    Should I be able to patent the idea of a laminated wood enclosure for a phone???

    Processes, products, algorithms; NOT IDEAS!
  11. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    the new ifixit toolkit will include a hammer.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2012
    I don't think the current technology and production can handle such a patent. Good on apple for being ahead of the game though, and i think this technology could create stronger, longer lasting screens.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    Am I missing something here or are Apple really patenting a glass box? I'm pretty sure I've seen them before.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Unibody Glass? Awesome.


    No it's an invention.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    apple is worse than monsanto when it comes to patents..
  16. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    So basically this.

    Attached Files:

  17. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Cool patent bro...

    Um, no.


    No– more like exactly that!
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    I have to agree, one look at this and all I'll see is another unserviceable product.
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Anti-gravity drive!

    Now to patent it, as it's not idea, it's an invention....
  20. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Apple better make the whole glass device with bullet resistant glass!
  21. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    All the companies patent.... for example, here's a new one of Google's...

    Google patents the launching of apps when you unlock your screen! Draw a triangle, launch the camera app - draw a square, launch the phone app. So much different than clicking icons, huh?

    Tell me that this is a novel idea, and 'worthy' of a patent unlike the Apple patents.

    The thing is - we just hear of Apple patents on here, not other company patents.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Which is how many of Apple's lineup are already "fixed." If you know before you buy the device, that it's not user reparable, why complain? Buy the incredibly good investment of Apple care, and save yourself some money.

    i.e. iPhone 5 screens are still $150 when bought from third parties. You'd still have to replace the display, and you'd still have a screwed up phone (externally). If you bought $99 Applecare however, the $49 deductible for a new iPhone would put you at the same $150 spent on a replacement display, except that now you got a new (refurb) device. And you still have one $49 damage replacement in the bank. Pretty good deal to me. Plus the telephone support for iOS, airport, Apple TV, and Apple apps, which is included in an Applecare plan, I'd say it's probably less expensive to just buy Applecare and forget about fixing stuff yourself. This come from a man who used to fix Macs. It just seems to be cheaper and easier to get the Apple care, than to do things the old way.
  23. macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2008
  24. macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    Repairing these devices will be
  25. macrumors member

    May 17, 2010

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