Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Apple awarded patent for ejectable component assembly

updated 01:00 pm EST, Sat February 1, 2014

Thinner tray to house SIMs and other small cards

Earlier this week, Apple was awarded a patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office based on a filing from September 2012. The filing, for "ejectable component assemblies in electronic devices," marks another win for Apple as it moves into different markets -- including the anticipated iWatch that the company has been bolstering its ranks for as of late. The application builds on provisional patent application 61675328, which was filed in July 2012.

In the description of the patent awarded from the USPTO, mention is made that the new, thinner ejectable tray is intended to hold a subscriber identification module (SIM), but other applications are mentioned as well. According to the patent a "removable module" that is placed in the assembly may not only be a SIM card (with mention of mini and micro versions), but also lists memory cards, microprocessor cards, smart cards, integrated circuit cards or any combination of such.

A point of interest in the filing appears in section 23, where the electronic devices that the new assembly may be used in is defined. "Electronic devices may generally be any portable, mobile, hand-held, or miniature electronic device" that a user can use for multimedia applications, such as record videos or play games, as well as make phone calls. It is also worth noting that watches and other wearable electronics are specifically mentioned in the same section as an electronic device that this new assembly can be fashioned to.

The composition of the parts which will make up the assembly, which includes ceramics, plastic, metal and glass, could mean that the new tray design is intended for use in the iWatch. However, it still leaves room for current applications with its similar design to previous trays seen in iPhones made with metal or cost-cutting incentives of plastic production.

The complete information on the patent filing, application 20140029206, can be found at the USPTO website.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

PenClic Bluetooth mouse

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs ...

Cat B100

Cat is primarily known for its heavy-duty machinery used in the construction industry and farming, among other areas. What may not be ...

Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News