Apple wins patents for iPhone & iPad designs by Steve Jobs & Jony Ive

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple on Tuesday secured ownership of a number of key design-related patents covering the iPhone 4, credited in part to Steve Jobs, as well as the L-shaped MagSafe charging connector, and the iPad with Smart Cover.

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Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, is among those credited in U.S. Patent D671937, entitled simply "Electronic Device." It covers the design of the iPhone 4, including the original antenna design that was eventually improved upon and replaced with the iPhone 4S.

Also credited for the appearance of the iPhone 4 is famed Apple designer Jony Ive, who was also among those credited in a handful of other noteworthy patents awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. They include U.S. Patent D671930, entitled "Cover," which details the design of the iPhone 4 "Bumper" accessory made by Apple.

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Another important invention credited to Ive is U.S. Patent D671947, entitled "Housing for an Electronic Device," which shows the design of the iPad 2. Apple has kept this same basic design with minor tweaks since 2011.

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That's joined by another patent named "Cover," this one identified as U.S. Patent D671948. For that invention, Ive and others are credited with designing the magnetic Smart Cover that debuted with the iPad 2, and continues to be sold.

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Finally, Ive is also credited among other names for inventing the L-shaped MagSafe connector found on previous-generation MacBooks in U.S. Patent D671898, named "Connector." That design has since been improved upon with the new MagSafe 2 connection found on Apple's latest notebooks.
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  • Reply 1 of 33
    cue the 'Apple patents a rectangle' crowd
  • Reply 2 of 33
    [QUOTE]Finally, Ive is also credited among other names for inventing the L-shaped MagSafe connector found on previous-generation MacBooks in U.S. Patent D671898, named "Connector." That design has since been improved upon with the new MagSafe 2 connection found on Apple's latest notebooks.
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    I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.
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    Oh boy HERE we go. These are big.






    Originally Posted by ScartArt View Post

    I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.



     


    Because the L sucked? I've never liked it, at least. image


     


    Wasn't it more prone to damage?

  • Reply 4 of 33

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    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post



    cue the 'Apple patents a rectangle' crowd


     


     


    They'd be better off joining the "Apple is smart as f*** to attempt to patent anything and everything they can get their hands on."

  • Reply 5 of 33
    dilliodillio Posts: 106member
    I think the L-shaped one is probably worse when you apply tension in the direction opposite to where it's pointing. At least the T-shaped one gets the same pressure/tension applied to it from all directions, I guess. Not sure what they did to prevent the breaks which were a problem before. Maybe better materials...
  • Reply 6 of 33
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member


    Apple didn’t invent magnetic covers! Microsoft did! j/k :p


     


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    Originally Posted by ScartArt View Post





    I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.


     


    I’d kill to have the T-design! MagSafe is supposed to stop your laptop being yanked off the desk... and the L-shape acts like a hook, which very often fails in that task. It’s 50/50. The leverage on the T-shape is different and better.


     


     




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    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


     


     


    They'd be better off joining the "Apple is smart as f*** to attempt to patent anything and everything they can get their hands on."


     




     


    Or better yet: “EVERY tech company patents everything they can think of, so how could Apple NOT play the game?” Apple didn’t invent the patent game, and they DO have to play it or go home.

  • Reply 7 of 33

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    I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.


     


    In my experience, the L-shaped connector held on too strongly. It kept things neat, but at certain angles it will not detach from the computer, but will drag it - defeating the main feature of the MagSafe. 

  • Reply 8 of 33
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.
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    Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

    Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.




    US patent; I don't see why.

  • Reply 10 of 33
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    So one of Apple's patents was approved. Why is this news? This isn't the first design patent Apple has been awarded for the iPhone or Smart Cover.
  • Reply 11 of 33

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    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


     


     


    They'd be better off joining the "Apple is smart as f*** to attempt to patent anything and everything they can get their hands on."



     


    Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...

  • Reply 12 of 33


    Originally Posted by Beezlegrunk View Post

    Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...


     


    If you create something, you get to protect it. I fail to see how you can draw what you've said from what he said.

  • Reply 13 of 33
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,215member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post



    Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.


     


    You are talking about a group that has made a business out of not giving a flying unicorn spunk about IP rights. You really think that is going to change now that some one legally validated those rights. Not likely. 

  • Reply 14 of 33
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,577member


    Per Apple, as usual note that the detail shown by dotted lines has no part in the claims. There's no speakers, microphones, power buttons, etc. called out. It's not the iPhone 4 or 4S design that's specified, contrary to the AI article claims. It's simply as generic a design patent as Apple could pass muster with. It could conceivably apply to a device that did not resemble an iPhone at all in terms of size, usage, features or capabilities.

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    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,577member

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    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post



    cue the 'Apple patents a rectangle' crowd


    Apple already patented the rounded rectangle for an electronic display, at minimal with regard to a general screen proportion. 


    http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/7/3614506/apple-patents-rectangle-with-rounded-corners


     


    ...now whether they could ever successfully assert it in a courtroom is debatable.

  • Reply 16 of 33
    I can't see the magsafe 2 as being any kind of improvement over the first one. In my experience the magsafe 2 is too easy to dislodge. It's shape basically creates a much larger lever that means it drops out at the slightest nudge. This is especially bad when using the laptop on your lap...

    In order to prevent this I use an old style magsafe power supply with a magsafe 2 adaptor that turns it back in to an L-shape again and the problem is greatly reduced although not 100% eliminated.

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    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,743member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Beezlegrunk View Post


     


    Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...



     


     


    It has nothing to do with society and everything to do with Intellectual Property, unless you think that society's main concern is Intellectual Property. 


     


    This is a tech site - one that is specifically about Apple. Remember? We're not talking about society's ills here. 

  • Reply 18 of 33
    djmikeodjmikeo Posts: 178member
    I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.
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    Originally Posted by djmikeo View Post



    I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.


     


    Microsoft and Apple have cross-licensing agreements in place. The magnetic cover may be a part of those agreements.

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    Originally Posted by djmikeo View Post

    I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.


     


    If anything is legally the same, Microsoft will have licensed it, just as they did all the other Apple patents they used. 


     


    They've learned. And good for them.

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