updated 01:13 pm EST, Tue December 18, 2012
Jobs, Ive among credited names for design work
On top of two other wins today, the USPTO has also granted Apple a patent on the design of the first-generation iPhone. The filing is simply labeled Electronic Device, but is credited to 14 different inventors, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and lead designer Jonathan Ive. The iPhone was revealed in January 2007, and shipped in June.
Although some minor similarities remain, the design of the iPhone has changed dramatically over the years. Initially for instance the phone had a mostly rounded aluminum shell, with skinny plastic control buttons, and a 3.5-inch display. The iPhone 3G and 3GS switched to plastic shells; the 4 and 4S were equipped with flat glass backs, and also made the switch to metal buttons. The 5 is again using an aluminum body, but with a 4-inch screen, and design traits that are otherwise more closely linked to the 4S.