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Topic: patents

Apple patents inductive charging pad with orientation-based device docking functions

02/04/2014, 04:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for switching docking functions, such as data syncing, diagnostics or charging, based on the orientation of a device while laying on an inductive charging pad.

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Apple reveals sapphire covered iPhone display, vehicle location in patent filings

01/30/2014, 05:01 am

Among Apple's 41 patent applications published on Thursday were properties covering sapphire window manufacturing for iPhone displays and camera covers, as well as a method to automatically save the location of a parked car.

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Apple details pressure-sensitive iPhone touchscreen in patent filing

01/30/2014, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a device with built-in pressure sensors that work in concert with touchscreen input to provide enhanced UI navigation.

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Apple granted two patents for interchangeable iPhone camera lenses

01/28/2014, 05:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was issued two patents covering different methods of attaching lenses and camera modules to a portable electronic device, including a magnetic solution that incorporates a motor for physical optics adjustments.

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Apple patents solar-powered MacBook with two-sided display and rear touch inputs

01/28/2014, 04:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a laptop with a unique display unit that not only serves as a solar power supply, but also an external screen and secondary means of touch input.

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Apple patent filing offers peek at future sapphire applications

01/23/2014, 04:01 am

An Apple patent application describing a method of mounting sapphire to an electronic device was discovered on Thursday, with example implementations possibly revealing how the company plans to employ the exotic material in future products.

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Apple investigating mood-based ad delivery system

01/23/2014, 04:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a peculiar Apple filing describing an ad service that targets users based on hard-to-quantify metrics like behavior and mood.

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Apple's new trackpad patent replaces 'click button' with force sensors, adds tactile feedback

01/21/2014, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a touch pad that removes the traditional "clickable" integrated button, replacing it with four or more force sensors and an actuator to provide tactile feedback.

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Apple patents automatic 'station tuning' for broadcast and streaming audio, video content

01/21/2014, 04:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for a system that analyzes on-board, broadcast or streamed audio and visual media content to create a custom tailored playlist that can switch between sources to deliver an optimal user experience.

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Apple FaceTime invention uses face morphing, image matching to keep video smooth

01/16/2014, 06:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple invention that replaces frames dropped during a low-bandwidth FaceTime call with pre-recorded or doctored images, thereby creating the illusion of a seamless feed.

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Apple details secure 'touchless' e-wallet strategy in patent filing

01/16/2014, 05:01 am

Apple has been coy in revealing its plans for a touchless payment solution, but a patent filing discovered on Thursday gives clues as to where the company is headed.

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Apple's patented GUI compensates for iPhone motion, minimizes errant touches

01/14/2014, 06:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded an interesting patent describing a graphical user interface that offers a solution to inadvertent input errors users may see when interacting with a touchscreen while moving.

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Apple's 3D video editing patent hints at future Final Cut Pro features

01/14/2014, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a software-driven method of processing and editing 3D video, hinting that the feature may show up in a future version of Final Cut Pro.

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Google doubled patent filings in 2013 as battle with Apple intensifies

01/13/2014, 10:01 am

As a proxy war rages over Android in courtrooms around the world, Apple and Google are racing to stockpile key intellectual property in a bid to stave off a legal extinction event, with Google in particular seeing its patent filings surge last year.

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Apple's 3D recording concept could allow user-generated 'street views' in Maps

01/07/2014, 11:01 am

Apple was awarded a patent this week for a concept that could allow users to crowd-source street-level, three-dimensional mapping data by simply taking pictures on their iPhones and sharing them with the world.

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Apple wants Siri to be able to search your iPhone photos

12/26/2013, 09:12 am

Starting with iOS 7, Apple began automatically sorting users' iPhone photos based on time taken and location. But a new patent application reveals the company is interested in taking it one step further, and allowing Siri to sort through iOS photos based on voice search and tagging.

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Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel, embedded heart rate monitor

12/24/2013, 04:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted two iOS device-targeted patents, one for a "touch and hover" display panel that is made more accurate by compensating for signal drift, and another for heart rate monitor that can be seamlessly integrated into a handset.

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Apple patent consortium Rockstar reportedly in talks for partial asset selloff

12/23/2013, 06:12 pm

The Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium, a group of high-power tech giants that purchased $4.5 billion worth of Nortel patents in 2011, is reportedly in discussions to unload a portion of the properties as it can't find licensees for the IP.

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Apple hints at future Maps app in 'layered map' patent filing

12/19/2013, 07:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that takes the company's existing mapping apps and extends them to new levels of interactivity with data-rich layered viewing modes.

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Apple investigating quantum dot-enhanced displays for greater color accuracy

12/19/2013, 05:12 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals the company is actively researching advanced quantum dot-enhanced displays, a next-generation technology that has the potential to reproduce highly accurate and vivid colors.

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