Apple files patent for its latest invention — a paper bag

WASHINGTON — It’s hard to imagine Apple fan boys and girls waiting in line for the tech and lifestyle giant’s new invention — a paper bag.

Apple has filed a patent request  for a white paper bag, made with at least 60 percent recycled material, which is 10 percent more than the current standard.

Released in April, to replace plastic bags, out of concern for the environment, Apple’s paper bag attempts to patent the concept of a product that has remained largely unchanged for decades.

In case there was some confusion, Apple’s patent request, filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office  in March, but published Sept. 15, specifies “bags are often used for containing items.”

The more recycled material is included in a bag, the more likely it is to rip, Apple’s lawyers note.

The patent says Apple’s bags include folds and stabilization that separate it from others on the market.

Even the bag’s handle would be made of woven paper, feeling like a thick shoelace, according to the patent.

For the time being, the product is called “bag.”

As with Apple’s newest iPhones, it contains no headphone jacks.

(h/t Gizmodo)

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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