Despite its reputation for creative excellence, Apple had a few notable design flaws, from the butterfly keyboard to the upside-down Magic Mouse. But a recently granted Apple patent might be the best: an iPhone with a cheese grater.
Right, it looks like Apple is at least considering moving the hole-filled design that comes with the Mac Pro to other devices. While the design works wonders for Apple's massively powerful computer and helps keep it incredibly cool and quiet under heavy workloads, we're more than a little doubtful about other Apple products.
For one thing, poking an iPhone full of holes would either mean its water resistance would require a steep jump, or it would increase the thickness to allow for the design of the ball cutout while backing it with a frame that, as you know, is against water is sealed. And what about dust and fluff? Even if you put the device in your pocket, the cutouts can become clogged with unwanted Kruft.
More sensibly, Apple is also considering incorporating this latticed design into the internal structure of an iPhone, which can add strength to your device without punching a series of cavities in the outer case. How this would fit into the incredibly tightly packed internals of Apple's phone is unclear, however.
Assuming Apple is playing a fool's day joke here in early April, your beliefs likely won't be weakened when you see what else the company has considered to equip the cheese grater design: the trash can Mac Pro . Apple has admitted that its design has thermally throttled the product, but it's unlikely to be resurrected anytime soon as the next Mac Pro is set to resemble a souped-up, larger Mac Mini.
Keep your device cool
To do Apple justice, there would be some advantages in transferring the cheese grater design to a wider range of products. Specifically, Apple claims it would provide "improved heat dissipation," which would allow for significant performance gains for the electronic device and could allow the use of components or levels of operation that may not previously have been achievable with existing three-dimensional structures. "In other words, your iPhone would stay cooler and run faster.
However, we doubt Apple will ever implement such a system. Aside from the questionable looks and practicality of the design, it can just be unnecessary. Apple's ARM-based chips are known to be extremely efficient at keeping your cool, and that will likely only improve over time. More likely, Apple is merely investigating how such a system might work in practice to help it with something more sensible.
Still, it's fun to see what a crack engineering team can come up with when they have the deepest pockets in the tech business and too much time to spare. One question remains, however: what does Jony Ive have to think now?