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Apple Wins Patent on iPhone 4 Design

Apple has seen its streak of patent application approvals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continue.

The company had filed for a patent on the iPhone 4's design, which was awarded just recently, despite the smartphone launching a few years ago.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also awarded a design patent on the white iPhone, which is a device that was delayed back in 2010 due to "challenging" production issues.

Additionally, Apple was awarded a patent pertaining to the iPad's case, as well as the firm's Smart Cover; it magnetically connects to the tablet and sits on top of the device's screen.

Elsewhere, the firm won a MagSafe charging mechanism-related patent. The technology magnetically connects to a Mac in order to charge it; however, when the cable is torn away, the magnetic seal is broken, subsequently ensuring the computer it was connected to remains still.

Back in October, Apple were granted an accumulative of 34 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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  • kryzzay
    Must be a slow news day.
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  • techcurious
    "The company had filed for a patent on the iPhone 4's design, which was awarded just recently, despite the smartphone launching a few years ago."Zak.. a few is more than 2 ... how old is the iPhone 4 again? :P
    .. just sayin'..
    I should save my breath though.. it's clear you never read the many comments directed right at you in every article you put up...
    Edit: My bad! A "few" in fact is any small number greater than 1. (I had believed it to mean any small number equal to or greater than 3)
    *Humble Pie... yummmm*
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  • Marco925
    and watch the onslaught of lawsuits now for phones being black or white.
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  • excella1221
    inb4 "AMG ZAK, APPLE-RELATED ARTICLE AGAIN?" comments.
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  • frostyfireball
    techcurious"The company had filed for a patent on the iPhone 4's design, which was awarded just recently, despite the smartphone launching a few years ago."Zak.. a few is more than 2 ... how old is the iPhone 4 again? .. just sayin'..I should save my breath though.. it's clear you never read the many comments directed right at you in every article you put up...
    The iPhone 4 IS greater than 2 years old, it came out 2.5 years ago.

    I'm also sick of seeing the bashing of Zak for writing about Apple, don't want to read about the company, don't click the link of an article that is about them. It's not hard, and some people DO care about the company.

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  • lengcaifai
    A company specializes in marketing iPatterns... there are still a lot of people buying iPatterns, however...

    sorry for spelling mistakes is iPatent
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  • soundping
    Apple has people on the payroll at (USPTO).
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  • freggo
    So let me recap...Apple is winning patent lawsuits in the USA (5% of the word population)... but is getting bashed in the rest of the world more or less.
    Yeah, sounds like a great concept for future stability.
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  • techcurious
    frostyfireballThe iPhone 4 IS greater than 2 years old, it came out 2.5 years ago. I'm also sick of seeing the bashing of Zak for writing about Apple, don't want to read about the company, don't click the link of an article that is about them. It's not hard, and some people DO care about the company.No no.. I am not among those that accuse him of being an Apple fan boy.. I see him post unbiasedly about all phone and tablet makers. I do get tired of his usual trivial and inaccurate (or lacking of enough fact and information) reporting.. In my opinion he is lazy and strives for quantity over quality in his work! And does not seem to care that many here do not like it! So, I was just poking some fun at him..
    In the end though.. this was my bad.. I always thought "few" was 3 or more (and 2.5 is less than 3) and believed that 2 would be a couple only. But I was wrong. Apparently a few is any small number greater than 1 ! oopsy :)
    And yes I know that there is a way to view an Apple-Free version of Tomshardware, but that isn't practical (I do not hate Apple, even if I usually prefer alternatives.. I am just annoyed with the flood of trivial reports). In order to avoid all the many MANY daily posts about all trivial Apple (and it's competitor brands) posts, I will have to accept missing out on the occasional significant news?? I wish there was a way that Toms could indicate the importance (by popular standards) of it's news postings on the main page.. for example, bold font would indicate significant news and regular font would mean that it is only worth reading to an avid fan..
    As it stands now, I read most articles to make sure I don't miss something important, and end most news articles with a deep sigh.. usually thanks to Zak! (A lot of times, they use intentionally misleading headlines too!)
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  • wardoc22
    I don't think people realize the "Yet another Apple article from Zak" type comments are getting repetitive.
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