08391010 is referenced by 13 patents and cites 112 patents.

A thin portable electronic device with a display is described. The components of the electronic device can be arranged in stacked layers within an external housing where each of the stacked layers is located at a different height relative to the thickness of the device. One of the stacked layers can be internal metal frame. The internal metal frame can be configured to act as a heat spreader for heat generating components located in layers adjacent to the internal frame. Further, the internal metal frame can be configured to add to the overall structural stiffness of the device. In addition, the internal metal frame can be configured to provide attachment points for device components, such as the display, so that the device components can be coupled to the external housing via the internal metal frame.

Title
Internal frame optimized for stiffness and heat transfer
Application Number
12/859702
Publication Number
8391010 (B2)
Application Date
August 19, 2010
Publication Date
March 5, 2013
Inventor
Anna Katrina Shedletsky
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Adam Mittleman
San Francisco
CA, US
Phillip M Hobson
Menlo Park
CA, US
Fletcher R Rothkopf
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Assignee
Apple
CA, US
IPC
H05K 7/20
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