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Topic: patents

Apple invention brings inductive charging to iPhone without extra hardware

10/08/2015, 04:10 am

According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is actively investigating the integration of inductive charging technology into its devices using multi-mode versions of electrical coils already found in speakers, microphones and haptic engines.


Apple's angled camera concept could enable virtual keyboard docks

10/06/2015, 10:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a new type of camera that could capture images at indirect angles --a concept that the company says could be used to enable projected, virtual keyboards on any flat surface.


Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more

10/01/2015, 04:10 am

It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display.


Apple imagines animated 3D Maps with rippling water, realtime reflections

09/29/2015, 03:09 am

Apple Maps might reach a new level of immersion if Apple opts to integrate newly patented technology that animates water, foliage and other dynamic objects based on touch, motion and sound.


Apple concept describes optically-based docking mechanism with wearables in mind

09/24/2015, 11:09 am

Apple may be exploring the possibility of docking two devices using optical transmitters, rather than plugged-in connectors, a proposed invention from the company reveals.


Apple prepares for thinner iPhones with slim headphone plug patent

09/22/2015, 04:09 am

Apple has patented a shrunken-down headphone connector that shaves precious volume off existing 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack standards by reshaping the plug, thereby removing -- albeit temporarily -- an inevitable limiting factor in its quest for perpetually thin smartphones.


Apple wins key patent appeal vs. Samsung, could bar features from future Galaxy devices

09/17/2015, 12:09 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that Apple has the right to block rival Samsung from using its patented inventions in its own handsets, a decision that could have major consequences for future products from the South Korean electronics maker.


Apple issued reassigned Topsy patent for reputation-based search engine

09/15/2015, 04:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was reassigned a patent from Topsy Labs, the social analytics firm it purchased in 2013, covering a computer search system that cuts through the noise often found in crowdsourced recommendation services by surfacing search results based on user ranking and influence.


Judge denies Apple a retrial in Smartflash suit, but upholds decision to toss $533M damages against Apple

09/03/2015, 12:09 pm

A Texas federal judge has refused to grant Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit, but simultaneously declined to reconsider a decision to toss $532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash.


Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life

09/03/2015, 10:09 am

Apple has showed continued interest in using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices, echoing a functional iPhone 6 powered by hydrogen that was showcased just last week.


Apple researching wireless earphones with bone conduction noise cancelling tech

08/27/2015, 05:08 am

According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is looking into advanced bone conduction technology that would enhance voice communications in an unannounced wireless earphone system.


Apple invention lets iPhone owners AirDrop encrypted data to a friend's device for safekeeping

08/13/2015, 05:08 am

According to an Apple invention published Thursday, the company is looking into forms of data sharing that would allow an iPhone owner having connectivity issues to offload files normally stored in the cloud to a "friendly device" for later retrieval.


Apple invention automatically shares photos based on facial recognition data

08/13/2015, 04:08 am

In an invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlines a process of identifying individuals in a digital image using facial recognition techniques and sending a copy of the photo out to those people by associating contact information pulled from an app like Contacts.


Federal appeals court declines to stay Smartflash case against Apple

07/30/2015, 03:07 pm

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.


Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen textures through haptic feedback

07/30/2015, 05:07 am

According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.


Apple envisions Apple TV remote with fingerprint sensor for custom profiles, child proofing

07/23/2015, 06:07 am

A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device.


Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

07/23/2015, 05:07 am

Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content -- read advertisements -- served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.


Apple invents natural tap-based gesture input for nudging onscreen objects, selecting text

07/21/2015, 05:07 am

A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday reveals a novel mode of mobile device gesture input that turns taps detected on non-touchscreen surfaces, like the side of an iPhone, into granular on-screen controls.


Apple investigating solar-powered wireless mice and trackpads

07/16/2015, 06:07 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals continued research into alternative energy solutions, specifically as it applies to a lineup of wireless computer peripherals with embedded solar cells.


Future Apple devices might boast personalized Maps imagery, turn audio into haptic vibrations

07/14/2015, 04:07 am

A pair of patents awarded to Apple on Tuesday illustrates research running the gamut of mobile tech, with one invention detailing an advanced mapping system with customizable and shareable image data, and another covering ways to convert audio data into haptic vibrations for the hearing impaired.