The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to an aesthetically pleasing universal dock that has the ability to support a wide variety of iPod and iPhone sizes.
Apple Granted Patent for a Universal Dock
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to "an aesthetically pleasing universal dock" that could support a wide variety of electronic devices of different shapes and designs while appearing to be customized to individually support each electronic device.
The universal dock may support an electronic device using a support layer that may include any suitable material, including, for example, an array of vertical members, an elastic sponge-like substance, or any other suitable material. The compression of the support layer may be retained for future use with the electronic device, or the compression may be relieved, once the electronic device is removed from the universal dock.
Patently Apple originally covered Apple's patent application for this invention back in December 2009. To review more of the patent figures associated with this invention, see our 2009 report titled "Apple Patent Reveals New Revolutionary iPod/iPhone Universal Dock."
Apple credits Jeffrey Terlizzi as the sole inventor of granted patent 8,792,233 which was originally filed in Q2 2008 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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