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Topic: patents

Apple invents active shutter system to protect iPhones from liquid, contaminants

11/26/2015, 05:11 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details methods of implementing a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.


Apple invention integrates floaties into retractable iPhone bumper

11/19/2015, 04:11 am

As a result of continued research into device protection technologies, Apple has developed an automated bumper system that doubles as a floatation device, protecting iPhones from drops and large bodies of water.


Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled store tables in new filing

11/12/2015, 10:11 am

Apple recently began equipping its retail stores with advanced tables that allow hidden power and data ports to be exposed with a simple hand gesture, and a new patent filing details the technology behind it, as well as other potential future implementations.


Apple invention uses electrodes to dry out wet iPhone innards

11/12/2015, 04:11 am

An Apple invention published on Thursday points to work on water resistant portable devices capable of expelling water from speaker and microphone cavities using varied electric charges and acoustics.


Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for Mac

11/03/2015, 05:11 am

Apple is researching ways to implement its Force Touch technology into Mac keyboards, according to a patent published on Tuesday, a move that would not only cut down on key height by removing physical switches, but expand a device's overall utility.


Apple invents retractable motorized iPhone screen protector

10/22/2015, 05:10 am

In continued attempts to prevent costly display damage due to accidental drops, Apple has devised a system that automatically extends retractable tabs above an iPhone's screen when a drop event is sensed, thereby creating a buffer zone between delicate glass and the ground.


Apple patents multi-use magnetic iPad stand, embedded environmental sensor tech

10/20/2015, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted patent rights to an all-purpose docking solution for iPad and embedded sensor technology that could one day lead to an iPhone capable of informing its user of changes in temperature and humidity.


Patent on Velcro-like Liquidmetal fastener could be used to prevent Apple device tampering

10/15/2015, 11:10 am

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday illustrates a Velcro-like fastener concept, but using the amorphous alloy technology Apple picked up through a licensing deal with Liquidmetal.


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.