Apple won 74 Patents today covering a possible new range of iDevice Materials and an Interesting Magnetic Imaging System & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 74 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular patent we cover two patents. The first patent we briefly cover possible new materials for future iDevices. Apple could choose from a wide variety of polymers for lower-end products and liquid metal (metallic glass) for higher-end products. The second patent covers a unique invention that covers a magnetic imaging system that covers a way of laying down the "Apple" logo on MacBooks. And as always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today – the last granted patent report for March 2020.
Possible Future iDevice Materials
It was just last week that Patently Apple posted a popular IP report that in-part was titled "Apple Watch Inventions cover the use of new materials such as Liquid Metal & Polymers." Under a week Apple's patent has now been granted. I don't think it could have been any faster. Apple kept the filing hidden under Apple engineer names, thereby passing the patent application phase under Apple Inc.
Apple is considering the use of liquid metal (amorphous glass) for a higher-end material and a variety of polymers for lowering the cost on lower end Apple Watches.
The polymers could be used in forming a strong weave finish in the internal volume area of devices as noted in our graphic above that also happens to illustrate the new materials being considered for some future iPhones.
You could revisit our original report for more details behind this patent here or review Apple's full granted patent 10,606,218.
Apple's granted patent generally relates to the magnetization of permanent conductive substrates, and more specifically to methods and systems for selectively forming magnetized regions that can be used as a magnetic imaging mask used as part of a magnetic imaging system.
Whether Apple is currently using this magnetic system to add their logo to products or is considering its use in the future is unknown at this time.
Apple's patent FIG. 1A above is a perspective, cutaway view of a magnetization system #10 for creating a version of a magnetic image in a magnetic substrate using a magnetic imager in the form of a magnetic mask.
For the details behind this magnetic imaging system, be sure to check out granted patent 10,605,774 here.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today