The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Apple Granted Patent for Tablet Mac (w/Illustrations) [UPDATE]

TMO SCOOP - Apple Granted Patent for Tablet Mac (w/Illustrations) [UPDATE]

by , 5:10 PM EDT, May 10th, 2005

Apple Computer was granted a patent for an enigmatically titled "Electronic device" Tuesday, May 10th, 2005. Illustrations for the device clearly indicate it to be a tablet-style Macintosh, and patent filings specifically compare it to the "HP Compaq Tablet PC" and several other tablet machines.

The patent was filed on March 17th, 2004 (first broken by The Register in August, 2004 as noted in the comments), and granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as US Design Patent No. D504,899 on May 10, 2005.

New in the issued patent is an illustration (see Figure 9 below) that demonstrates and confirms that the device is a handheld device with a touch screen.


Figure 9

Images from Apple's patent application
(Click the thumbnails for larger images)

The patent application noted that, "FIG. 9 is an exemplary diagram of the use of the electronic device thereof; [the] broken lines being shown [are] for illustrative [purposes] only, and form no part of the claimed design"

It's important to note that being granted a design patent does not necessarily mean that Apple has any intention of releasing a particular product, and Apple has filed for many design patents in recent years for products that did not make it to market.

Bryan Chaffin contributed to this article.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated October 20th

Fri, 9:41 AM
Apple Hit with Trademark Lawsuit Over Animoji Name
Fri, 8:34 AM
Helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and ffmpeg – Terminal Tinkering 7
Thu, 6:28 PM
How to Share Notes from iBooks in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra
Thu, 6:10 PM
CEO Satya Nadella’s Microsoft Presents New Competition for Apple
Thu, 5:45 PM
Why Does Podcasts Suddenly Have iTunes U Stuff?
Thu, 3:30 PM
Apple Opens 'New Generation' Apple Store in Chicago on Friday (Pics)
Thu, 3:06 PM
Aevena Aire Cancelled: No Flying Robot for You
Thu, 2:19 PM
ToasterFridges Yay or Nay, Attention to Detail, and Orville - Pop.0 16 [Video Podcast]
Thu, 1:53 PM
iOS 11: How to Block In-app Ratings and Reviews Requests
Thu, 1:45 PM
macOS: How to Show Full Website Address in Safari
Thu, 1:28 PM
KRACK Update and China's Apple Watch LTE Ban - TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-19
Thu, 11:57 AM
Dropshare 4 for Mac: $12.99
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!