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| December 4, 2012
Design Of The iPad, iPhone 4 Among Five Patents Granted To Apple
Apple won five patents this week covering the design of the iPhone 4, iPad, and some well-known accessories. The news was first spotted by AppleInsider. Both Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs and current Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive are among those credited in U.S. Patent D671937. Entitled “Electronic Device,” the patent covers the iconic design of the iPhone 4. Ive’s name also appears in U.S. Patent D671947, “Housing for an electronic device.” That patent shows the design of the iPad 2. The same basic design has been used for the third-generation iPad and current iPad with Retina display. Along with the design patents, three accessory patents were also granted. The first, entitled “Cover,” is for the magnetic Smart Cover design that was unveiled with the introduction of the iPad 2 in 2011. Ive, among others, are credited in that patent, D671948. U.S. Patent D671898, entitled “Connector,” is for the original MagSafe power connector found in many MacBooks. The MagSafe 2 connector was unveiled with the introduction of the 15-inch MacBook with Retina display earlier this year. Ive is also among those credited in U.S. Patent D671930, which details the iPhone 4 bumper case. Source: AppleInsider