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Apple files for patent on magnetic SIM tray

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Apple files for patent on magnetic SIM tray
Looking for a way to make a slimmer iPhone, Apple has filed a patent application for a new SIM card tray that would eliminate the need for the ejector mechanism and hold the SIM card in place using magnets. This could lead a slimmer form factor for a future Apple iPhone. The USPTO on Thursday released the application which was originally filed in April 2012.

The document shows how Apple plans on using a magnetic process instead of a mechanical one. The problem with the current SIM tray is that requires an opening in the phone which leaves a way for dirt and dust to enter the phone.

"An electronic device may be provided with an ejector mechanism for at least partially ejecting a removable module (e.g., a SIM card tray) from the device. The ejector mechanism may include a user interface portion and a tray interface portion, and each interface portion may include a first end fixed to the device and a second end coupled to the second end of the other interface portion. Tension between the fixed first ends may bias the ejector mechanism to alternate between two ejector mechanism states when the ejector mechanism receives either a user input force to eject the removable module from the connector or a tray input force to insert the removable module into the connector."-Apple patent filing

Apple can make the SIM tray lighter than it is currently is with the use of magnets. The Cupertino based tech titan has replaced mechanical fasteners before in the design of the Apple iPad Smart Cover. And in its USPTO application, Apple gives a number of  use cases for the design including belts and accessories, watches, headsets and necklaces to name a few.


source: Freepatentsonline via AppleInsider

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posted on 10 Oct 2013, 23:11 2

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2483; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice thing but this lead another patent war. Because most of the companies and even people doesn't remember their innovations and fight on pity things like patents.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:30

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


and here we go again.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 23:34 2

2. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


This is called innovation from Apple. Sue them, Apple, don't let those copy cat companies like samsung, nokia, sony steal ur hard work research.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:36 8

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 2753; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


do you even know what the patent is about? guess not. typical Apple fan blind devotion.

True technological advance are not in Apple DNA. They can't even produce their own component for their iDevices.

Yet Apple shamelessly pursue this form of patent lawsuit worldwide only to be laugh at. Some to the extend that the court order them to amend their website reflect the true.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 12:08

13. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Ur opinion already showed u an Apple hater. Yes, patent is about who discover it first and they have to mark it as their own property. Like nokia, most of their patents aren't allowed to be used by other phones makers, unless there is an agreement between them.

Apple might not produce the components for their iPhone, but they have brain to come up with something that others can't do it. Let me give u an example. If ios wasn''t created, do u think Android has this day? Will ur samsung phone or other become a touchscreen smartphone like u have nowsday? Just see the fairness of this.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 01:47 2

7. ameyabb (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yes, Apple has been and might still be (or maybe is still) as innovative as it used to be. Yes, they continue to innovate, however small or actually useful the innovation is. Even praising them for whatever they do just to make your love for Apple public is fine. My point is- why do you praise Apple at the expense of Samsung or Nokia or whatever?
See, technology is technology- and if there's something technology is good at, it's making people's life richer and easier. So like Apple, even Samsung, Nokia, HTC or whatever Company there is, deserve the words of praise and compliments for host of innovations they are known for. And they should at least be given that.
I'm fine if you praise and compliment Apple for something like the above post. But if such compliments are coming at the expense of other Company, there's a problem buddy. And I do not appreciate this.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 12:00

12. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


U got a good point here. But u should say like this to Apple haters too. Every article about Apple, those pathetic haters just come here and bash like mental trolls.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 04:10

14. mohammed2222 (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


ifanboy .

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:31

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


may i remind u that Apple took SONY design for the original iPhone.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 11:55

11. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


evidence?

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 23:47 1

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


It's a very small thing but it's nice. This is what I call attention to detail.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 00:48 1

6. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


That sounds amazing

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:36

10. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


wow apple invented magnetism.

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