Apple Patents Sponge Dock, Tamper-proof Labels

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All Apple needs to see if an Apple product has been tampered with is the serial number: If the device is over a year old and the thing still turns on, it must have had a user-replaced battery, and therefore the item has been tampered with...
 

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[citation][nom]jacobdrj[/nom]All Apple needs to see if an Apple product has been tampered with is the serial number: If the device is over a year old and the thing still turns on, it must have had a user-replaced battery, and therefore the item has been tampered with...[/citation]
Strange, i guess the battery fairies replaced the battery on my shuffle while I was sleeping. They do exist!
 
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Those labels sound suspiciously like the COA labels that Microsoft has been using for years now which are easily damaged if one tries to remove one or such as the ones which seal the Windows software packages, tear when you open the package.
 

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Umm the tamper proof label's and seals have been around sincethe 1960's. I seriously doubt they will get that patent.
 

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How can they patent technology which checks if the device has been opened? They've used labels like this for years on multiple electronics. If that patent is granted it will be another fail for our patent industry.
 

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pieces of paper, plastic, or a metallic foil that tears or otherwise becomes damaged if the case of the device is opened.
Apple Genius : "Sir, I just opened your iPod and found out the security label inside is broken. The warranty is void."

Customer with half a brain: "Of course it's broken, you just opened it."

Apple not so Genius : "..."
 

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The dock seems interesting, but is little better and an adjustable dock.

If they get the tamper label I'm storming the patent office. That has been used for decades.
 

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[citation][nom]ssalim[/nom]Soon spongebob squarepants will be sued by apple because of its similarity in name.[/citation]
Damn... time to change my username?
 

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When I first read
One that will prevent users from 'tampering' with their device
I thought it was something crazy like those die ejectors they use to prevent people from stealing clothes. I'm pretty sure that within the (slim) minority of people who take a screwdriver to their iphone, there is an even smaller minority who care about losing the warranty.

Do they really need to patent something which is basically just like the stickers over screws on cameras?
 

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I had the same thought as Zak...how would they check if the foil is broken without breaking the foil? I highly doubt they would sacrifice aesthetics by putting in a window. I know there's a simple solution so someone please provide one.
 
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