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Apple wins patent on steel iPhone bezel

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

Tech essential to look, damage resistance

Apple has won one of its USPTO patent claims for the iPhone, specifically covering the device's iconic steel bezel. While appearing superficial, Apple claims that the bezel is actually essential to impact resistance, and innovative in part because it merges utility with aesthetics. The part is flush with an iPhone's housing, inserted into a brace and held with a spring. It is also manufactured with cold worked steel, said to better accommodate design limits while reducing the need for machining.

The patent is credited to Stephen P. Zadesky, Philip M. Hobson and Tang Yew Tan. It remains to be seen if the current bezel design will carry over to the fourth-generation iPhone, as reports have emerged of several physical differences. Should the device be taller, for instance, its bezel would have to be stretched out and reinforced.

by MacNN Staff





  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not taller

    It's just slimmer in width and depth. It is overall smaller in every dimension.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    say what you will

    say what you will about patents, I have dropped my iPod touch onto
    hardwood floor, stones, and it has not cracked the glass. And I
    don't have one of those ugly protective cases either -- although I'm
    not sure how much longer I should press my luck!

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