Is the iPad Changing its Look?

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) newest patent filing offers clear hints as to what is in store for the Cupertino, California-based tech company’s future products; and while it is still unclear exactly what these new inventions are purposed for, speculation is growing that fused glass device housing structures could soon be in store for future-generations of the iPod, iPad, and even television displays.

According to Patently Apple, the company filed a new patent application with the European Patent Office late last week that featured a “fused glass process for device housings.” iPhone 4s users are already familiar with this kind of housing structure, but now, iPod and iPad junkies may also get in on the doubled sided glass construction designed by Jony Ive.

The current age’s fleet of electronic device makers are in a constant struggle to find the perfect balance between “glass strength and device aesthetics,” because while it is important to ensure device durability, an excessively large and heavy device also won’t be a selling point for consumers. So while inventors still want housing structures to be able to withstand typical drop events, they need to make sure that the devices are not heavy or bulky. Thick glass layers help provide the answer to both of these problems, and that is why a device with a protective glass surface on the front, as well as the rear, is optimal.

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