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Apple wins rights to iPod classic, Newsstand icon designs

updated 10:40 am EST, Tue February 12, 2013

iPod credited in part to Jonathan Ive

Apple has won two new design trademarks via the US Patent and Trademark Office. The first is for the fourth-generation iPod classic, at the time still known as just the iPod. The fourth-gen, released in 2004, was the last model to be strictly music-only; later the same year the company put out the Photo, which gave the iPod a color screen and let people view images on it. It also raised capacity to 60GB. The iPod trademark is credited to Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive, as well as another long-time designer for the company, Chris Stringer.

The other trademark covers the icon for Newsstand, launched alongside iOS 5 in 2011. The app serves as a central location to gather digital subscriptions in iOS, presenting them on a virtual shelf. The icon has been controversial though, since it can't be easily deleted or hidden in a folder, forcing many iOS users to keep it on their homescreen even if they don't use it.

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