“On December 1, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new two-fold invention,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The invention, which is likely a part of an extensive internal research project, is centered on both the use of new light weight and flexible materials for portable devices like the iPad and MacBook Pro and the method of constructing said devices,” Purcher reports. “I doubt very much that this is something that’s just around the corner, but Apple’s multiple patents on this topic of new materials and processes are every increasing.”

Purcher reports, “One of the odd notes in the patent covers how the sandwich construction could be used for other non-electronic applications, such as storage boxes, luggage, non-digital cameras, and other applications that may require lightweight, high flexural rigidity casing.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]