Apple patent application suggests iPhone device
As the Apple rumor mill buzzes with talk of the so-called iPhone, Apple has filed a patent application
that might just confirm the purported music-playing cell phone's existence. Numbered 20060268528
, the application was published today and relates to a "handheld computing device [that] includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent." Nothing particularly interesting there, but the application's full text contains some juicy tidbits:
1. A portable computing device capable of wireless communications, the portable computing device comprising: an enclosure that surrounds and protects the internal operational components of the portable computing device, the enclosure including a structural wall formed from a ceramic material that permits wireless communications therethrough.
. . .
6. The portable computing device as recited in claim 1 wherein the portable computing device is a handheld computing device.
7. The portable computing device as recited in claim 6 wherein the handheld computing device is a cell phone.
8. The portable computing device as recited in claim 6 wherein the handheld computing device is a media player.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's website has some pictures and diagrams to go with the application, too, which can be viewed here
. The device pictured looks more like an older iPod mini than a cell phone, but Apple does mention that the click wheel may be replaced by another control scheme like a keypad or trackball. Thanks to Gizmodo
for the tip.