The latest Apple granted patent, titled “Electronic device with glass enclosure,” was first spotted by Patently Apple, a publication that has previously spotted other major Apple granted patents. It focuses on electronic devices “with glass enclosures ranging from an iPhone to a Pro tower to an Apple Watch.”
The company’s latest innovation encases an electronic device that resembles an iPhone in a six-sided glass enclosure that completely envelopes it.
Apple’s abstract, like all other abstracts, breaks it down in the broadest terms possible, making it appear as if the tech giant has patented a glass box.
“An electronic device includes a six-sided glass enclosure defining an interior volume and comprising a first glass member and a second glass member. The first glass member defines at least a portion of a first major side of the six-sided glass enclosure, at least a portion of a peripheral side of the six-sided glass enclosure, a first region along the peripheral side and having a first thickness, and a second region along the peripheral side and having a second thickness different from the first thickness. The second glass member is attached to the first glass member and defines at least a portion of a second major side of the six-sided glass enclosure. The electronic device further includes a touchscreen display within the interior volume and positioned adjacent at least a portion of each of the six sides of the six-sided glass enclosure.”— Apple’s most recent granted patent 11,175,769 via Patently Apple
The abstract also mentions the display and how it is enclosed “within the interior volume and positioned adjacent to at least a portion of each of the six sides of the six-sided glass enclosure,” with the display being flexible enough for the enclosure’s curves to provide additional touch input surface area.
Regarding the front and back display imagery, it is an enclosure with multiple glass sides and displays visible within said multiple glass sides would “be used to erase or blend the distinctions between the various surfaces of the device.”
“Continuous scroll” on an iPhone with all-glass? In addition to this application of an all-glass electronic device, Apple illustrates in their patent the potential application of an all-glass device on a Mac and Apple Watch. Fig. 4E depicts a “Mac Pro Tower concept #460 with an enclosure #462 shaped like an octagonal prism.”
In addition, the company’s abstract contains an illustration in fig. 57 of “a possible future Apple Watch #5700 with an enclosure #5701 made entirely or substantially entirely of glass.” Is that the same square-shaped Apple Watch that Jon Prosser leaked to us? Yes, it is. Unfortunately, that is not what we have this year.
Could this be Apple’s future? It’s difficult to say. It’s important to keep in mind the number of patents the company receives each year versus what actually happens. Despite the fact that this number is significantly lower than the number of granted patents, it always accurately reflects Apple’s significant R&D areas.