Patent Watch: Original iPhone 2G Casing -- Now All Apple's!

Apple 2G Case Patent

MacNN brings word that Apple, along with other assorted patents for the Mac Pro's riser card housing, OS X's GUI drawer-like windows, and the MacBook Air's multi-touch trackpad, Apple has been awarded a patent for:

the iPhone's casing design, highlighting elements like a divided construction and the ports at the top and bottom. Also visible are assorted speakers, buttons and switches, as well as the rough positioning of the camera. Many individuals are credited for the work, though notable inclusions are Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive, and the company's CEO, Steve Jobs.

Looks like the original iPhone 2G aluminum and plastic combo casing to our eyes, so unless the next-generation iPhone comes dressed a lot like the first gen, we'll just chalk this up to better late than un-awarded...

Rene Ritchie

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

OmariJames says:

The Zune HD. Sorta looks like the first iPhone. Maybe it's a little cowincidental that this article came up right after the zune HD images were shown.
Back to the drawing board micosoft.

Ianlowtw says:

I don't think there would be much changes to the overrall look and feel of the iPhone after all why fix something that isn't broken.

Jellotime91 says:

Does this mean people have to stop ripping off the iPhone's design? Cause Samsung, LG, and basically every other company have made a KILLING doing that.