Apple files for patent on magnetic SIM tray

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.

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



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and here we go again.

2. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

13. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

7. ameyabb

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

12. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

14. mohammed2222

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

ifanboy .

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

11. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013



Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

6. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

That sounds amazing

10. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

wow apple invented magnetism.

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