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Apple Patents Plastic iPhone Without Home Button

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Believed to be the much rumored low-cost iPhone.


Apple has patented an iPhone without the home button, and the device in question is believed to be the rumored cheaper variant of Cupertino's successful smartphone.

The United States Patent & Trademark Office recently detailed patent No. 8,364,032, which shows an iPhone that has no home button on its face or front-facing camera (a rear-facing camera is included). The device will be made out of a "clear plastic body," according to the filing.

Described as a "light isolating protective cover for small form factor electronic device," the patent states: "A portable device has a rear facing camera assembly and a front facing display assembly that includes at least a protective cover layer, a display stack that includes a plurality of display components arranged in a plurality of interconnected layers, the display stack providing an imaging service, and a flat support chassis arranged to provide support for the display stack."

"It should be appreciated, however, that other transparent materials such as clear plastic can be used," Apple described. "The back of the device is embroiled by a protective cover that Apple says "can wrap around and protect at least the rear portion of the portable device without adversely affecting an image capture process carried out by the rear facing camera assembly."

Apple filed for the application on February 21 2012, with the patent awarded on January 29, 2013. The filing itself lists Apple engineers Chong Yip Chow, Hongqin Zhang, Shizhe Shen and Michael DiVincent as principal inventors.

With Apple losing its place as the world's most valuable company amid disappointing iPhone sales, a cheap iPhone, although dismissed by Apple itself, is expected to generate over $6.5 billion in revenue for the firm. As well as a low-cost iPhone that may be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Apple is also purportedly working on the 4.8-inch iPhone 'Math'.


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    aodfan , February 3, 2013 3:23 AM
    No home button? Looks like an Android now...time to sue Apple.
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    ratcatcher , February 3, 2013 4:02 AM
    Wow. How do Apple get "patents" for existing ideas? A "protective cover for small form factor electronics" pretty much covers every after market case available. Apple have corrupted the USPTO and the patent process.
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    branden_lucero , February 3, 2013 3:46 AM
    Apple patenting plastic. might as well patent Skynet and the T-1000.
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  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , February 3, 2013 3:07 AM
    I don't get it. What's happening? Did I die and end up in hell already?
  • 39 Hide
    aodfan , February 3, 2013 3:23 AM
    No home button? Looks like an Android now...time to sue Apple.
  • 17 Hide
    fuzzion , February 3, 2013 3:29 AM
    Werent there transparent phones before???
  • 25 Hide
    branden_lucero , February 3, 2013 3:46 AM
    Apple patenting plastic. might as well patent Skynet and the T-1000.
  • 12 Hide
    abbadon_34 , February 3, 2013 3:55 AM
    I should patent a smartphone without a power button, or better yet, without a helicopter button, or without ...
  • 15 Hide
    wolley74 , February 3, 2013 3:56 AM
    funny how the camera is in the EXACT SAME PLACE as the Samsung Acclaim's rear camera, not good
  • 25 Hide
    ratcatcher , February 3, 2013 4:02 AM
    Wow. How do Apple get "patents" for existing ideas? A "protective cover for small form factor electronics" pretty much covers every after market case available. Apple have corrupted the USPTO and the patent process.
  • 21 Hide
    xpeh , February 3, 2013 4:02 AM
    aodfanNo home button? Looks like an Android now...time to sue Apple.



    Apple patented the design. Now Apple fanboys can claim that Android Phones copied the iPhone.
  • 6 Hide
    joytech22 , February 3, 2013 4:32 AM
    With all this patenting going on, I might patent a hexagonal burger design.
    No practicality for patenting it, but can be done. Just like this patent by Apple.
  • 11 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , February 3, 2013 4:47 AM
    Google should patent the use of the names of fruits and vegetables after the name of a product.
  • 4 Hide
    madthomas , February 3, 2013 4:49 AM
    Now Patent the lights that light up the screen, and speakers that produce sound, and smoothness of the plastic!
  • 7 Hide
    unksol , February 3, 2013 5:37 AM
    joytech22With all this patenting going on, I might patent a hexagonal burger design.No practicality for patenting it, but can be done. Just like this patent by Apple.


    I don't think that's a fair comparison. I'd actually order a hexagonal burger....
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    Star72 , February 3, 2013 5:56 AM
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    Shut up ffs.
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    wardoc22 , February 3, 2013 5:59 AM
    virgie1taylorBentley. I agree that Kathleen`s blurb is amazing... last wednesday I bought a gorgeous Dodge from having made $9549 this past 5 weeks and in excess of 10/k last month. it's by-far the most financialy rewarding Ive had. I started this 3 months ago and right away started making minimum $78, per-hr. I follow this great link, http://Bing30.com



    Someone is a whore
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    balev , February 3, 2013 6:13 AM
    JOSHSKORNGoogle should patent the use of the names of fruits and vegetables after the name of a product.

    That is a really good idea.
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    hp79 , February 3, 2013 6:29 AM
    ankit0x1hell....now m going to patent posting in toms

    Too bad, user123917648 already patented that.
    I was going to patent replying to a post, but that was also already patented by some sneaky bastard. I have to pay the royalty now because I just replied.
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    nix327 , February 3, 2013 8:40 AM
    virgie1taylorBentley. I agree that Kathleen`s blurb is amazing... last wednesday I bought a gorgeous Dodge from having made $9549 this past 5 weeks and in excess of 10/k last month. it's by-far the most financialy rewarding Ive had. I started this 3 months ago and right away started making minimum $78, per-hr. I follow this great link, http://Bing30.com


    Why are annoying posts like these not removed? Otherwise they'll just keep posting stuff like this.
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    salgado18 , February 3, 2013 9:34 AM
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    The filing itself lists Apple engineers Chong Yip Chow, Hongqin Zhang, Shizhe Shen and Michael DiVincent as principal inventors.

    So Apple hired chinese people to do the design. Yeah, Apple is no more (not implying it ever was).
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    darkavenger123 , February 3, 2013 10:54 AM
    Wow. First you patent an Iphone with one button. then you patent iphone with no buttons. This is just so wrong. What's so innovative about having one button or no buttons?? It is just a matter of design. It shouldn't be allowed to patent just like the rubbish squares with round edge.
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