Apple Patents Seamless Glass Enclosures

By: Sean Patterson - March 23, 2012

Apple really does not want you to open up your iPhone.

A patent application revealed yesterday that Apple is seeking to patent a radio-transparent glass enclosure for portable media devices. The news means that future iPods and iPhones could come encased entirely in glass.

The process described in the patent application suggests Apple would create glass tubes, into which they would insert the internal components of a device. A “laser frit bonding process” would then hermetically seal glass endcaps on the top and bottom. The image below demonstrates the concept:

The glass would allow wireless communications to pass through it, of course.

While I can’t say I prefer hardware that is not able to be taken apart, this does conform to Apple’s ideals of a self-contained, uniform product. And having a waterproof phone would be a life-changing moment for smartphone users. This does raise the question of where a headphone jack would be located. Could Apple be planning for a wireless-headphone future?

But perhaps Apple is, as they always seem to be, thinking far ahead on the design curve here. We might all be playing Angry Birds Space on our new iBalls soon:

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  • BaTycoon

    Then we will fight in the shad- I mean… glass.

  • Vic Kley

    Just a cheap way to make a water proof package. Do people really use non-blue-tooth ear sets?

    Glass is not as desirable as polycarbonate for weight. Nothing special about RF transparent glass most glass is. Just requires the claim in the patent. Their competition or a person in the reading audience should challenge the claim it is completely obvious.

  • Vic Kley

    Read the patent app guys! Thanks for the work!