updated 12:25 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2007
Apple patents Zune case
Apple today successfully patented an "electronic device formed with doubleshot injection molding." Although seemingly dry, the patent (originally filed in August 2005) effectively refers to the technique used in Microsoft's Zune player to create its distinctive glowing border effect, creating two differently colored edges to a single plastic shell. It is yet unknown whether Apple intends to use the patent directly in future iPod or Mac products, but the existence of the patent suggests that the Cupertino-based company has contemplated use of the technique. Apple last year settled with after the latter company won a patent on the the menu system used by Apple in its iPod portable media players. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs announced after the settlement that Creative was lucky to have filed for the patent first.