Patent watch: Does this show an Apple tablet?

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What’s this, yet another patent filing that may or may not turn into anything? But, but! It’s from Apple, so let’s all gather ’round the electronic campfire and discuss the implications, together! A “Display Housing for Computing Device,” or, in English, it’s a possible Apple tablet. Or, maybe, it’s merely a fancy laptop case, like the kind currently found in the unibody MacBook? That’s the great thing about discovering patents: no one knows a damn thing what they mean, so you’re free to speculate till you’re blue in the face.

What is it, exactly, this mysterious “Display Housing for Computing Device”?

… a portable computer including a base and a lid, the lid being coupled to the base via a hinge, and wherein the housing corresponds to the housing of the lid or the housing of the base

Engadget says this could merely describe the unibody MacBook; Gizmodo says it could mean that Apple is experimenting with miniaturization; Arrington claimed that a Mac tablet was on the way late last year. Head spinning, whom to believe?

Patents are the new Rorschach test.

via Electronic Pulp

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