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Apple patents stunning iMac design made from a single piece of glass

What you need to know

  • Apple has patented a stunning new iMac design made from a single piece of glass.
  • The single, glass body would feature an embedded display and would set on a "wedge" housing the Mac's components.
  • It could also work as a docking station for a laptop.

A stunning new apple patent has revealed how it could one day create an iMac from a single piece of curved glass.

The patent is titled "electronic device with glass housing member" and its abstract states:

An electronic device may include a glass housing member that includes an upper portion defining a display area, a lower portion defining an input area, and a transition portion joining the upper portion and the lower portion and defining a continuous, curved surface between the upper portion and the lower portion. The electronic device may include a display coupled to the glass housing member and configured to provide a visual output at the display area. The electronic device may include an input device coupled to the glass housing member and configured to detect inputs at the input area. The electronic device may include a support structure coupled to the glass housing member and configured to support the computing device.

iMac

iMac (Image credit: USPTO)

The design is essentially a single piece of glass, curved at the bottom to create a platform the iMac stands on. The display would be embedded into the glass, and the whole frame would be supported by a wedge, which would house all the components of the iMac and serve as a stand.

Not only that, the new concept could also be used to dock a MacBook using the space reserved for a keyboard in the lower section of the device, as the image below shows. It would allow you to dock your MacBook, and use your keyboard whilst taking advantage of the larger display.

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iMac (Image credit: USPTO)

This is of course just a patent and is not a clear indication that Apple plans to create an iMac that looks like this anytime soon, or maybe even ever. That being said, this is a really sleek, ambitious design that could transform desktop computing from Apple.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.