“Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,773,848 for ‘Fused glass device housings,’ which describes a procedure that allows for the efficient fabrication of seamless all-glass electronic device casings,” Campbell reports. “In some embodiments, glass members are fused together to create a five-sided box in which displays, circuitry and other internal components can be inserted, or ‘slid into place.’ This is especially crucial for larger applications like televisions or monitors that are mounted on stands.”
“The patent goes into detail on polishing and glass strengthening techniques, as well as alternative embodiments that involve extruded hollow glass rods with fused end caps,” Campbell reports. “Additional attention is paid to glass fusing methods that reduce frit to leave seamless joints.”
Read more, and see Apple patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]