The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a “sublimator/vaporizer” invention, leading to sensational headlines suggesting Apple might release a vape or enter the vaping industry. In actuality—and this could go without saying—the invention is completely unrelated. The patent instead relates to a process called semiconductor lithography—or photolithography—that Apple uses to create chips for its devices. The application describes a canister that can be used to vaporize or sublimate a substance, which in Apple’s case would be chemicals used to pattern the circuity on chips. The patent’s assigned inventor Tetsuya Ishikawa, a senior manager
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