US Patent No. 9,986,668

METAL RETAINING FEATURES FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE CASING


Patent No. 9,986,668
Issue Date May 29, 2018
Title Metal Retaining Features For Handheld Electronic Device Casing
Inventorship Stephen P. Zadesky, Cupertino, CA (US)
Assignee APPLE INC., Cupertino, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,986,668

14. An electronic device case comprising:a first housing comprising:
a first retaining feature comprising an amorphous metal having an ability to bend without yielding while the first housing is being assembled to a second housing;
an internal retaining feature that is integrally formed within the first housing and having a shaft portion extending into an interior of the first housing and a spring portion extending from an end of the shaft portion;
the second housing having a second retaining feature configured to engage the first retaining feature and to couple the first and second housings together; and
an internal component disposed within the electronic device case and coupled to the first housing by the internal retaining feature; wherein:
the internal retaining feature is formed from the amorphous metal and has an ability to bend without yielding while the internal component is being assembled within the first housing.