Apple’s patents can often be an exciting glimpse into the super secret things that are being worked on at the Cupertino camp, however, this one gives no indication of the features that may arrive in future Apple devices. Instead, it covers the tool that Apple already uses to cut its logo into a number of its products.
The patent is entitled “Apparatus and Method for Intricate Cuts,” and surfaced today from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. It reads:
The cutting apparatus includes a base member and an elongate member extending from the base member. The elongate member includes a tapered region having an abrasive surface. The tapered region defines at least one vertex defining an angle of a desired cutout shape. Additionally, the tapered region is toothless.
The patent includes by illustrations of Apple’s tool, one of which demonstrates it cutting an Apple logo out of a piece of material. It is credited to Kevin M. Kenney — an Apple engineer, according to 9to5 Mac.
So there you go — now you now how Apple does such a great job of cutting its logo out of its aluminum MacBooks and iPads. I bet one of these would be pretty fun to play with, don’t you?