RECEPTACLE FOR CONNECTING TO FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BOARD

Utility Patent Application (A1)

April 11, 2019

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Assignees: Apple Inc.

Inventors: Dustin J. Verhoeve, Jason C. Sauers, Benjamin J. Kallman

Connector receptacles that may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board. One example may provide an electronic device having a receptacle including a recess formed in a housing of the electronic device. The recess may have a sidewall and a bottom surface portion, and the bottom surface portion may include one or more openings extending through the bottom surface portion from an external surface to an internal surface. One or more contacts formed on a flexible circuit board may be aligned with the one or more openings in the bottom surface portion. In this way, the receptacle may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board inside an electronic device. A cosmetic cap may be placed in the recess to obscure the existence of the connector receptacle.