USPTO Awards Patent for First iPhone Design to Apple

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The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple a patent for its first-generation iPhone’s design. Released in 2007, the first iPhone was created in part by Steve Jobs and Jony Ive.

Aside from the late co-founder and the lead designer, the following individuals were also credited with the first-generation iPhone’s design.

  • Bartley K. Andre
  • Daniel J. Coster
  • Daniele De luliis
  • Richard P. Howarth
  • Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Shin Nishibori
  • Matthew Dean Rohrbach
  • Douglas B. Satzger
  • Calvin Q. Seid
  • Chirstopher J. Stringer
  • Eugene Antony Whang
  • Rico Zorkendorfer

Shaking Up the Smartphone Industry with iPhone

Last Tuesday, USPTO awarded US Patent No. D672769 to Apple. Entitled as “Electronic Device”, the patent applications include illustrations of Apple’s first-generation iPhone, which was released in 2007.

The first-generation iPhone features a two-tone back that was mostly made of aluminum. It is a design element that made a comeback with iPhone 5, which predominantly has metal back. The Cupertino-based company opted for different materials for its mobile devices. Apple’s iPhone 3G and 3GS has plastic backs, while iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S’ backs were made of glass.

First-generation iPhone’s design shook up the smartphone industry with its finger-driven touchscreen, which remains the same to this day. Every unit features home button at the bottom of the screen, as well as earpiece at the top. Its mute and volume controls are on the left side, lock switch at the top right, camera on the back, and speaker, microphone and data/charging port at the bottom of the device.

Apple’s iPhone—Breaking Sales Record

Apple introduced the first iPhone at the Macworld Expo in January 2007, and eventually went on sale in June of the same year. Since then the hype for a new model each year has increased and the company’s sales continue to break records.

To date, Apple has released one new iPhone model annually. In relation to this, this year’s flagship handset—iPhone 5—was the first to increase its screen size from 3.5 inches as seen in previous models to 4 inches.

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