updated 09:20 pm EST, Wed February 4, 2009
Apple tablet patents
Adding fuel to the recent rumors of an Apple tablet computer, the company has been awarded several patents for components that could be used in such a device. Both filings carry the title "Display Housing for Computing Device" and describe several different configurations, with the noteworthy design integrating the computing components directly behind the screen.
The patented claims include an logo on the back panel that is illuminated by the light from the screen, indicating a similar design to the current logos on the back of MacBook displays. Many of the possible embodiments detail standard hinged notebooks, while one includes provisions for a tablet-like arrangement with the circuit board located between the screen and back panel.
The broad patent would prove difficult to extract any specific product plans from, although the company has achieved approvals for several other filings that contain technology relevant to tablets. The company has likely tossed around ideas, and it is not uncommon to begin the patent process for a variety of ideas that may or may not come to fruition. An August filing provided much more detail of a touchscreen device that was larger than an iPhone or iPod.