updated 10:00 am EST, Thu February 15, 2007
Apple's dock patent
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published Apple's patent application titled " Methods and apparatuses for docking a portable electronic device that has a planar like configuration and that operates in multiple orientations." The patent relates to docking stations for portable electronic devices that can operate horizontally or vertically. The patent depicts a "picture frame" styled dock capable of displaying the portable device as such, and details a rounded base with a swing-arm similar to Apple's older G4 iMac. Additionally, the Cupertino-based company introduces a locking mechanism for security purposes alongside improved techniques for transferring data and/or power between portable devices and the docking stations.