“The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“The patent was officially granted this week, and represents the latest design of the 32-foot cube, which uses fewer panes of glass to achieve a cleaner aesthetic,” Marsal reports. “The simpler look came as a result of a redesign that was completed in late 2011.”

“Previously, the cube used 90 panes of glass, but Apple sunk an estimated $6.7 million into the 15-pane redesign at its flagship New York City store,” Marsal reports. “The cube was personally designed by Jobs and is one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. The former CEO even paid for the project himself, and was the owner of the structure.”

Apple Store, Fifth Avenue

Apple Store, Fifth Avenue

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