Apple Patent Shows MacBook Lid that Pivots

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The Patent Office today published 15 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. The patents covered a variety of technologies and applications, but one of the most interesting included a latch with a camera for a MacBook lid that pivots.

PatentlyApple highlighted the camera latch patent not so much for its idea of a swivel latch  that includes a light (a feature that could come in handy with increased used of FaceTime and similar apps), but for the fact that it was designed for a lid that was meant to pivot. A pivoting lid harkens back to Windows-based tablet PCs that have so far proven marginally interesting in the market.

Apple Patent Figure

Apple Patent Figure
Source: PatentlyApple 

However, having secured this patent Apple could be positioned to be a player in 2013 when Intel’s 3rd generation Ultrabooks are expected on the market. These are said to include a pivoting notebook lid that would form a tablet computer. Potentially this patent could interfere with those plans.

Other patents published today dealt with multi-touch, media syncing, calendaring, text-to-speech, authentication, video encoders, and other technologies.

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2 Comments

ibuck

Windows-based tablet PCs that have so far proven marginally interesting in the market.

At work we tried a pilot with one of those pivot-top tablets a few years back. It failed and no one used it because the Microsoft tablet software was so unreliable. Our IT department wanted nothing to do with it. So the $2,000 thing sat in a drawer unused. Too bad you couldn’t run iOS on it. But it was pretty heavy too.

Hagen

Potentially this patent could interfere with those plans.

So… Intel et al would stop or modify their product plans based on an existing patent?  Sounds rather quaint.  I thought the modern way of doing business was to go right ahead with the product plans (or patent the same technology yourself) and spend 5 years in patent lawsuit battles.

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