US 11,656,661 B2
Flexible cable durability
Karan Bir, Cupertino, CA (US); Adam T. Garelli, Morgan Hill, CA (US); Bryan W. Posner, San Francisco, CA (US); Denis H. Endisch, Cupertino, CA (US); and Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, San Jose, CA (US)
Assigned to Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed by Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
Filed on Jun. 28, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/361,254.
Application 17/361,254 is a continuation of application No. 16/444,764, filed on Jun. 18, 2019, granted, now 11,079,810.
Prior Publication US 2021/0325942 A1, Oct. 21, 2021
Int. Cl. G06F 1/16 (2006.01); E05D 11/00 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 1/1683 (2013.01) [E05D 11/00 (2013.01); E05D 11/0081 (2013.01); G06F 1/1616 (2013.01); G06F 1/1637 (2013.01); E05Y 2800/43 (2013.01); E05Y 2900/606 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A portable computing device, comprising:
an upper housing portion containing a first electronic component, the upper housing portion having a mandrel with a curved surface;
a lower housing portion pivotally connected to the upper housing portion, the lower housing portion containing a second electronic component, the upper and lower housing portions being pivotable relative to each other between an open position and a closed position;
a cable connecting the first and second electronic components, the cable being bendable along the curved surface when the upper and lower housing portions are in the open position; and
a compressible particle barrier positioned between the mandrel and the cable when the upper housing portion and the lower housing portion are in the open position;
wherein the compressible particle barrier is rotatable with the curved surface.