01/14/2016, 04:01 am
Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.
01/13/2016, 10:01 am
Apple was awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015, placing it No. 11 overall in newly earned inventions, according to the latest intellectual property rankings published on Wednesday.
01/07/2016, 12:01 pm
Mobile photographers might soon have the option of zooming in on their targets without the image degradation that comes with traditional digital zoom, if a new multi-camera optical zoom system spotted in a recent Apple patent application makes it into production.
01/06/2016, 01:01 am
In its second patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, Apple sought $2.2 billion in damages but was awarded just $119.6 million. Samsung is now asking a judge to bypass the jury's 2014 verdict and give it a free pass for "slavishly copying" Apple's iPhone technology in a case that began over four years ago.
12/22/2015, 04:12 am
As part of efforts to revitalize an aging retail design language, Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for ceiling lighting systems that are currently rolling out to so-called "next-generation" Apple Stores around the world.
12/10/2015, 05:12 am
An Apple patent application on Thursday suggests a method of portable device weatherproofing that buries sensitive electrical device contacts beneath a layer of self-healing elastomer, allowing connectors to penetrate without leaving lasting aesthetic or structural damage.
12/03/2015, 05:12 am
An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals research on efficient and cost-effective full color 3D printing which, if marketed by Apple, would take rapid prototyping technology mainstream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.