Apple Patent: What will Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) come up with next? While there is no way of saying for sure what the next big thing will be from the Cupertino-based tech giant, keeping an eye on its patent filings is a good way to stay current.
On Tuesday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) won the patent rights for the following: Microslot Antennas for Electronic Devices
You can review the patent in its entirety on this page.
To the everyday person, this patent may not mean much. To Apple, on the other hand, it is something the company may rely on heavily in the future.
Here is the patent abstract, better explaining what the technology has to offer:
“Microslot antennas may be provided for electronic devices such as portable electronic devices. The microslot antennas may have dielectric-filled microslots that are formed in a ground plane element. The ground plane element may be formed from part of a conductive device housing. The microslots may be narrow enough that they are not readily noticeable to the naked eye. The microslots may have lengths that allow the microslot antenna to provide antenna coverage in one or more communications bands. A first group of the microslots may be used to provide coverage in a first communications band and a second group of the microslots may be used to provide coverage in a second communications band.”
If you take nothing else away from the abstract, it should be that the “microslots may be narrow enough that they are not readily noticeable to the naked eye.
This patent is a huge deal for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as the company is always looking for ways to make its devices lighter and thinner. With competition heating up and internal space at a premium, this may give the company an edge.
Believe it or not, this patent was first filed on December 18, 2007. More than five years later, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has finally been awarded the patent to the technology.
Bing Chiang, Gregory Allen Springer, Douglas B. Kough, Enrique Ayala and Matthew Ian McDonald are credited as the inventors.
Do you think this technology will come in handy in the future?
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