The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two of Apple's latest patent wins related to liquid metal that could one day be used for future Apple devices or parts of devices relating to displays including a TV, the iWatch, iPad, Apple TV, iPod, keyboard, MacBook Pro and beyond. Although both patents are highly technical, I'm sure that there are those who will still want to investigate these patents in depth.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a liquid-metal related patent that supports hollow structures. This supports a possible future flexible display based iPhone patent filing that was revealed last December.
This morning Patently Apple discovered a killer patent application from Apple that was published in Europe. Apple's killer invention describes flexible wraparound displays for a possible future iPhone and/or other devices. The patent describes sapphire and transparent displays used in a form factor created by an alumina powder liquid-metal process. Apple further describes some very interesting applications taking advantage of this kind of continuous wraparound display that could be ideal for a future wristband computer that we reported on earlier this year. Without a doubt, this patent application is one of the best of the year – so check it out.
On November 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a new series of five liquidmetal patent applications from Apple. While all of the five patents are highly technical in nature, two of the patents focus on 3D printing.
Last week we posted a new report titled "New Patent Sheds Light on the iPhone Created with Liquidmetal" wherein we presented the revelation that Apple's iPhone with metal bezel was actually a liquidmetal design. Since that time another two Liquidmetal patent applications have surfaced in Europe. One of them covers an customized injection mold for creating iPhone parts while the other addresses the creation of the iPhone's bottom portion with input/output port and jack created with a liquidmetal composition. The patent also restates constantly that the iPhone's housing is made from a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy. In another segment of the patent Apple references a "glassy alloy" may be formed using a deeply undercooled glass forming liquid which strongly suggests that the backside of the iPhone is liquidmetal composite and not simply glass as their new TV ad presented.
A patent report that we published as far back as June 2010 pointed to the iPhone's glass and metal bezel using liquidmetal. Since that time we're reported on possible uses of liquidmetal including its ability to uniquely waterproof future iDevices. Yet the one constant perception in the marketplace today is that liquidmetal is something that's on the way; something that's just around the corner. In fact, on Monday Womencitizen published a report titled "iPhone 6 could feature Liquidmetal exterior." Yet a new round of Liquidmetal patents from Apple published in Europe on October thirty-first would appear to contradict that myth. Further proof came by way of new patent figures clearly spelling out the process of using Liquidmetal for the current iPhone with its classic metal bezel antenna. Our report covers the most definitive proof to date that Apple's current iPhone uses Liquidmetal and even reveals a possible new Apple accessory product that is shown to utilize this new material as well.
To date, our most comprehensive report on Liquidmetal was posted back in April 2013. Today, Patently Apple is the first to discover four new yet painfully detailed patents in Europe on this subject matter. These extremely difficult reads were more about the science behind liquidmetal than products and yet at the heart of each we were able to find a few interesting trickles of new thinking of how Apple could translate this material into elements related to future products. In fact, one of the four patents delves into liquid metal as it relates to plastics and more particularly, to plastic injection molding. It makes you wonder if there's a connection between Apple's new iPhone 5c and Apple's work with liquidmetal.
On January 31, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new method for fabricating a sheet of metallic glass matrix composite. Metallic glass is a form of liquidmetal. In order to make cool products with this exotic material one must first invent equipment that could properly processes and control it. Today's patent relates to sheet casting of metallic glasses, and more particularly to twin roll sheet casting of bulk metallic glasses and composites in an inert environment. If you don't think that this is about liquidmetal, the conclusion of our report will make it crystal clear.