The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), has recently awarded Apple a new patent called, “fused glass device housings.” The patent describes a device fully encased in “a glass housing structure.”
“An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.”
“An electronic device, comprising: a display; and a housing in which the display is mounted, wherein the housing includes glass structures that have a recess that receives at least part of the display, wherein the glass housing structures include a planar glass member fused with a peripheral glass member that extends around at least some peripheral edge portions of the planar glass member to form the recess, wherein the glass structures have a curved interior surface, wherein the display comprises a flexible display, and wherein the flexible display is attached to the curved interior surface.”
Before you go off believing that Apple is planning to launch an iPhone encased in glass, note that not all patent see the light of day.
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