iPhone One Step Closer

Yesterday Apple applied for a patent for a new device that combines an iPod with a mobile phone, Bloomberg.com reported.

According to the report, Apple’s application is a “‘tube-like device’ made using zirconia and alumina and that would be ‘cost effective, smaller, lighter, stronger and aesthetically more pleasing than current’ designs.”

“…those ceramic materials would result in a ‘highly scratch-resistant surface,” according to the application. Zirconia could be used to create cases in a variety of colors, including white, black, navy blue, ivory, brown, dark blue, light blue, platinum and gold.”

Analysts speculate that the new business could increase Apple sales by as much as $1.5 billion.