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.
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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.
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