“Earlier today Patently Apple discovered a patent application filing that listed one of Apple’s leading product design engineers,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The patent application was published under its inventor’s names as a means of avoiding being published under Apple’s name at the US Patent Office. Legally speaking, Apple only has to appear as the assignee after the patent application has been granted,” Purcher reports. “This is a somewhat common practice that Apple uses to keep specific intellectual property out of the lime light until the last possible moment. The discovery today covers a rather simple invention. It’s about providing Apple TV with a much larger heat sink.”

Purcher reports, “Today’s Apple TV supports a 32-bit single-core A5 processor. But if Apple should ever decide to adopt their faster A7 or future A8 64-bit single or multi-core processors to support gaming, it would need a larger heat sink.”

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