The patent, one of several awarded to Apple in January, is titled “Display Housing for Computing Device”, and describes a tablet device with radio communication built in.
To quote: “As a computer system, one embodiment of the invention includes: an antenna, said antenna being configured to transmit or receive RF signals; and a computer housing, said computer housing being configured to enclose said antenna”.
So yeah. Sounds like a tablet ultra portable to us. Could Apple be building a tablet as well as the MacBook 3G or nano AT&T is pressuring it for?
It’s worth stressing that just because Apple has patented this design, doesn’t mean that it’ll ever get round to building it – it could just be covering all its bases to ward off competitors, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for this one.