While we may have been focusing during the past entire year on Apple adopting the durable Sapphire over Gorilla glass, Cupertino tech giant was busy inventing something even more beautiful and stronger using this glass. Apple has been awarded a new patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) titled as "Fused glass device housings". Design by Jony Ive and other Apple creators, fused glass housing procedure will help Apple build all-glass iPhones, iPads, and other products by fusing the glass structures together while containing all the internal circuitry.
This newly patented technology will not only help Apple create all-glass iPhone and other product models, but those products will also be durable and lightweight. As we have already discussed at length how strong Sapphire glass actually is, Apple can easily use Sapphire and its current technologies with this new patent to churn out some charming all-glass Apple products.
Considering that all-glass structures can be heavy with all the protections added to make the end product more durable to scratches and drops, Apple has proposed a new construction method in this patent. This new procedure suggests fusing glass pieces together instead of a glass-on-glass build to ensure seamless encasing while improving durability and a lightweight design.
First filed in 2013, Apple's seamless fused glass housing patent can actually be a reality soon with all the sapphire lamination and fusion technologies and an increased focus towards sapphire in the past few months. While this may not come too soon, it is quite refreshing to see that a completely new design is being worked on that might gear start a new shift in smartphone designs.
Peter Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod and SVP of Design Jony Ive are listed in the patent as the inventors.
- Source: TechRadar
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