Apple's new patent reveals techniques to attach sapphire to electronic devices
Another possible use would be to help dissipate the heat that is produced by the phone's processor. One quality of sapphire is its ability to spread heat, and using a sapphire-made mount for the processor would take advantage of this property. The patent's focus, however, is on how to securely fasten the material to the handset.
One method is to mix another material with a lower melting point, like metal, into an aperture formed in the sapphire substrate. When cooled and hardened, the metal can be used to connect to other parts by soldering, welding, or by other means. Another method uses a molding, like injection molding, to add a second material to the sapphire substrate. Using notches, steps or other designs, the sapphire part would be fastened to the device.
Last month, Apple received a patent for the use of sapphire on flexible displays. The month before, the Cupertino based firm signed a contract with GT Advanced Technologies for the long term supply of the sapphire material used in the production of Apple's devices. The sapphire material will be produced by GT using its equipment and operators situated in an Apple facility in Mesa.
Apple has applied for a patent on various ways to attach sapphire to an electronic device
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6054; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Sounds pretty good imo. Looking forward to what they'll do with the design of the new iPhone.
4. Sauce (Posts: 795; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Likewise. Design is a big deal closer for me.
GS5 (☞ﾟヮﾟ)☞ here I come; if the design is a disappointment.
5. Finalflash (Posts: 932; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Absolutely nothing, the new iPhone will only have a larger size as its only appeal and probably more cpu/gpu. This patent is either to troll or deliver in 2016.
2. taz89 (Posts: 1904; Member since: 03 May 2011)
How does one get a patent on using a certain material and how they will use it. Might aswel patent how one cuts potatoes into fries lol
3. Sauce (Posts: 795; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
There are patents for that. You'd be surprised what you can learn from Modern Marvels on History channel.
6. taz89 (Posts: 1904; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Lol shocker not really, the crap that apparently can be patented is a joke and how it apparently benefits consumers I will never know.
10. Sauce (Posts: 795; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Yea, the patent practice is general is a load of crap.
7. Alan01 (Posts: 141; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
The patent, as explained inthe story, is for the ways to attch the material to an electreonic device.
8. tedkord (Posts: 3793; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
This actually sounds like a valid patent claim. It's a specific method for attaching the sapphire, not a patent on attaching sapphire.
11. CEMIII (Posts: 102; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
Yup drill through a rock put some electrictrodes through it, sotter it down.
A billon dollar patent from Apple I did it 1st LOL