Apple patent application reveals fused glass enclosures for iPhones, iPads, iPods, displays, and televisions

“The European Patent Office published a new patent application from Apple late last week that describes a fused glass process for device housings,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“We’re all familiar with the iPhone 4S having both its face and back housings constructed with glass,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s latest European patent filing, which lists Jony Ive as one of the inventors, illustrates the double sided glass construction design possibly extending through to the iPod, iPad, and various displays (iMac, Cinema) including a television encased in glass using a fused glass process.”

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


  1. How will the average user replace the components on the TV board if the case is fused? The user will never be able to upgrade the iPod or iPad either… I love how Apple EXPECTS that I will want to buy a new TV every 10 years rather than update the screen size. What are they thinking? This is anti-consumer & just because they have a monopoly!

    1. Wtf! Who are you?

      Sorry, I am (was) an electronics enthusiast, graduated Georgia Tech with a Computer Engineering degree…and never have I opened a TV since my dad and I last replaced the vacuum tubes in our 25 inch set back in 1978.

      I think, humbly, that I would be slightly higher than the average user. And I have never wanted to open my pioneer 55in plasma to change anything in the 5 years I have had it.

      Can you guys get off this kick of “if I can’t open it then it sucks” wagon?


      Before you say it: ok, call me less than average… Go ahead..

      1. Breathe…

        Average users don’t replace components in their TVs. They don’t upgrade iPods or iPads. Most people won’t wait 10 years to upgrade TVs. No one is going to install a larger panel instead of just buying a new TV. Apple is not anti-consumer and it doesn’t have a monopoly in a market for which it doesn’t offer a product.

        Lighten up!

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