After the much-hyped controversy regarding Apple applying for a patent on its signature paper bags, Apple is back on the news with their patented pizza boxes…or rather, pizza circles.
The tech giant has a new campus that will be opening soon, but rather than the campus itself, what’s drawing all the limelight is the newly patented pizza boxes that Apple will be using at the new canteen.
So what is so special about this pizza carrier? For firsts, it is a circular box, not a square – resembling a homemade pie container. But the main problem they target with this box is the fact that, with normal pizza boxes, the heat from the pizza gets trapped inside, eventually condensing and precipitating on the pizza itself, turning the crust soggy.
Apple’s pizza container solves this problem with “a series of holes drilled into the lid of the box, allowing steamy air to escape and give the eater ease of mind that their pizza crust will not be soggy.” Apple applied for the patent 7 years ago, back in 2010, and has reportedly been using these containers over the years at its existing cafeterias as well. However, now that the idea’s out in the open, they could be looking to change the face of pizza packaging if they plan on scaling up.
Apple’s pizza box is proof that innovation can be found even in the unlikeliest of places, and even the smallest of changes should be recognized and acknowledged, as a pathway for future inventions.