The Apple Pizza Box and Other Unusual Patents
Year after year, innovative tech companies are known to file a substantial number of patents that may or may not be directly related to their product catalog. Google, for example, has secured patents for a digital communications project between hot air balloons as well as for fingerprint recognition systems. Facebook has filed patents for the way a data center should be arranged.
News about a patent filed by Apple for a circular pizza box certainly got the interest of the team at https://justgoodbites.com, a website dedicated to Apple news and reviews. The pizza box is not available commercially; however, it is currently being used at Apple’s headquarters in Silicon Valley to transport freshly made pizza from one end of the campus to another without the bothersome sogginess and heat dissipation issues found in many other pizza boxes.
Other Unusual Patents
Strange or not, the Apple round pizza box works as intended; even if the company does not plan on using this invention commercially, it has been properly patented. This is one of the ways Apple proves itself to be a company that thinks outside the box.
Not every patent that Apple files is guaranteed to be a commercial product. Tech journalists sometimes misread the intent of the company when filing new patents; for example, rumors in 2016 suggested that Apple was working on an iCar, a self-driving vehicle. While it is true that Apple has secured permits to test autonomous cars in at least one American city, the reality is that the company is testing ways of developing better iPhone and iPad mobile apps that interact with vehicles.
With the above in mind, here are other interesting and unusual patents that Apple has secured over the years:
Magnetic Hybrid Tablet
Although the Microsoft Surface line of hybrid tablets and notebooks feature some level of magnetic functionality, Apple’s patent has an additional mechanism that would not only hold the detachable touchscreen and the keyboard base together but also allow for wireless charging.
This patent was filed in 2013; three years later, it was incorporated into the iPhone. Haptic feedback is a way to give touchscreens the ability to provide sensory feedback that emulates the experience of a traditional keyboard. In the near future, Apple may release a futuristic keyboard with haptic feedback to make the prospect of typing on holographic keys more enticing and less awkward.
Similar to haptic feedback, Apple seeks to make the most out of tactile input by taking advantage of every hardware component. Rumors at one point suggested that Apple would either eliminate or sharply minimize the bezel space around the iPhone or iPad, but the introduction of the touch bar in the MacBook Pro showed that the company wants to extend the functionality of the bezel by making it touch-sensitive and programmable.
This is one of the most clever patents filed by Apple in recent years. As its name suggests, future iPhones and iPads may allow users to shake the device so that documents can be sent to network printers.