Last Tuesday, Apple secured ownership to a number of key designs related to iPhone 4’s covering, as well as the L-shape MagSafe connector and the iPad Smart Cover. Moreover, the patent designs were credited to Steve Jobs and Jony Ive.
Apple’s Latest iPhone and iPad Patent Designs
Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs was credited in a patent entitled “Electronic Device”, which covers the design of iPhone 4. This includes the original antenna design that was replaced and enhanced in iPhone 4S.
Other than Jobs, Apple designer Jony Ive was also credited in another patent entitled “Cover”. This patent deals with the design of iPhone 4’s “bumper” accessory that was made by the company.
Another invention credited to Ive is called the “Housing for an Electronic Device” and “Cover”. The Housing patent shows the design of iPad 2, which has kept its basic design with minor tweaks since last year. The Cover, on the other hand, deals with the Apple tablet’s magnetic Smart Cover.
Lastly, Apple was also able to secure ownership of patent for the L-shaped MagSafe connector. Found on older versions of MacBook, the connector has since been improved with the new MagSafe 2 that is featured on the company’s latest notebooks.
Apple’s “Wireless Charging” Patent
Aside from securing patent designs for the iPhone and iPad, Apple also filed a patent application on wireless charging technology using magnetic resonance. The problem, though, is that the said technology has been around for a long time now. As reported by SlashGear last Monday:
Apple has a patent application, number 20120303980, that outlines its magnetic resonance charging technology. It appears that there is at least one significant difference between most wireless charging technologies on the market today and what Apple’s application outlines. While typical wireless charging solutions require physical contact between the device being charged and a charging mat, Apple’s patent doesn’t.
Based on Apple’s patent application, the company’s wireless charging allows for devices to regain battery life of up to one meter from the charging device. However, the Cupertino-based company is not the only phone manufacturer that works on magnetic resonance charging from a distance.
The patent application was first filed in November 2010, but a company called WiPower filed a similar patent in 2008. The said company was later acquired by Qualcomm, with the patent becoming the foundation of The Alliance for Wireless Power together with some intellectual property provided by its member, Samsung.