The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's latest cellular MacBook invention relating to specialized antennas along with Apple's overview of the Mac Pro's internal architecture. Apple was granted several Apple Watch related design patents and one for a MacBook Pro. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: MacBooks with Isolated Cavity Antennas
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to electronic devices and, more particularly, to wireless electronic devices with antennas which includes cellular.
An electronic device such a MacBook noted above in FIG. 1 has a metal housing. The metal housing may have an upper housing portion such as a lid in which a component such as a display is mounted. The metal housing may have a lower housing portion such as a base housing containing a component such as a keyboard.
A slot-shaped opening may separate the upper and lower housing portions. The slot-shaped opening may be present both when the lid is open and when the lid is closed. A flexible printed circuit with ground traces may bisect the slot-shaped opening to form first and second slots.
Cavity antennas may be aligned with the slots, which serve as apertures for the antennas. Each cavity antenna may include a hollow carrier with a pair of speakers. The speakers may have ports that emit sound through aligned openings in the lower housing. Conductive gaskets surrounding the ports may acoustically seal the speaker ports while shorting the cavity antennas to the lower housing.
An electronic device such as electronic device 10 of FIG. 1 may contain wireless circuitry. For example, electronic device 10 may contain wireless communications circuitry that operates in long-range communications bands such as cellular telephone bands and wireless circuitry that operates in short-range communications bands such as the 2.4 GHz Bluetooth band and the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi wireless local area network bands (sometimes referred to as IEEE 802.11 bands or wireless local area network communications bands). Device 10 may also contain wireless communications circuitry for implementing near-field communications, communications at 60 GHz, light-based wireless communications, satellite navigation system communications, or other wireless communications.
Apple's granted patent 9,397,387 was originally filed in Q2 2015 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This invention is supported by other related patents covering cellular MacBooks which could be reviewed in our special archives.
Granted Patent: Mac Pro's Internal Architecture
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to compact computing systems such as the Mac Pro. More particularly, invention relates to the structure and organization of internal components and external interfaces for the Mac Pro.
Apple's patent application describes various embodiments regarding systems and methods for providing a lightweight, durable and compact computing system having a cylindrical cross section. This can be accomplished at least in part through a general computing system arrangement of internal components that cooperates with a monolithic housing to provide a compact computing system having a high computing power density in a compact and durable enclosure.
A rotating and locking memory module mechanism includes a pair of end guides, connected by a supporting member, each end guide including a slot to hold an end of a memory module and direct the memory module to a socket mounted on a circuit board, a lock mechanism configured to provide for rotation of the memory module mechanism between an unlocked position and locked position, an actuator attached to a first end guide in the pair of end guides, wherein a user actuates a rotating and locking function of the memory module mechanism by applying a pressing force to the actuator or to the supporting member, thereby rotating the memory module mechanism between the unlocked position and the locked position and the supporting member configured to provide structural support to transfer a portion of the pressing force applied to the actuator to an end guide opposite the actuator and to resist torsion of the memory module mechanism. The memory module mechanism allows insertion and removal of the memory module while in the unlocked position and restricts insertion and removal of the memory module while in the locked position.
A memory module mechanism includes a pair of end guides comprising a first and second end guides, connected by a supporting member, each end guide including a slot to hold an end of a memory module and direct the memory module to a socket mounted on a circuit board, a lock mechanism configured to provide for rotation of the memory module mechanism between an unlocked position and a locked position, and an actuator attached to a first end guide in the pair of end guides, wherein a user actuates a rotating and locking function of the memory module mechanism by applying a force to the actuator or to the supporting member, thereby rotating the memory module mechanism between the unlocked position and the locked position.
For more details, see Apple's granted patent 9,395,772 which was originally filed in Q2 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For more on the Mac Pro, see Apple's website here.
Apple Granted 4 Design Patents Today
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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