10/03/2013, 02:10 pm
Apple's touchscreens can measure not only where you tap, but also how hard you tap — and that velocity sensing functionality may become even more advanced in the future, a new patent application reveals.
10/01/2013, 05:10 am
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for the design and construction of the massive glass cylinder building that serves as the entrance to its Apple Store in Shanghai.
09/26/2013, 05:09 am
A peculiar Apple invention landed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's desk on Thursday, describing a method in which an author or artist can digitally autograph a fan's ebook or other digital media using a special app.
09/24/2013, 04:09 am
Since iOS debuted in 2007 with the iPhone, Apple has been reluctant to incorporate specialized gestures for the platform's virtual keyboard, but a newly awarded patent reveals such functionality may be incorporated in a future version of the operating system.
09/17/2013, 06:09 am
Apple is looking into technology that would allow an iPhone to detect events in a user's everyday life, like going to church or changes in weather, and automatically reconfigure hardware and software settings to fit the situation.
09/12/2013, 08:09 am
As Siri virtual assistant stands to gain hordes of new users around the world with the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple is looking to improve accurate voice recognition through geolocation and localized language models.
09/12/2013, 06:09 am
Apple may be looking to expand the use of sapphire in its iOS lineup, as a new company filing points to larger applications than covers for fingerprint sensors and camera covers, like entire device displays.
09/11/2013, 04:09 pm
Apple and Motorola were back in court again on Wednesday, arguing before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as to whether the two company's patent dispute should be reopened again for retrial.
09/11/2013, 02:09 pm
Apple this week secured a patent that described an accelerometer-based anti-theft system, meaning that future iPhones and iPads may very well be able to sound the alarm if a thief tries to run off with them.
09/03/2013, 04:09 am
A future version of iOS may feature a unique security method that recognizes different gesture inputs to open specific sets of apps, allowing for greater control over user access.
08/29/2013, 07:08 am
A newly published patent application from Apple outlines teleconferencing and video capture technology that would process video from an iPhone's front and rear cameras simultaneously, and automatically determine which feed to stream based on voice or visual cues.
08/29/2013, 07:08 am
A patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is looking into a display adjustment system that can selectively change the appearance of multiple UI elements, a departure from the current global-only settings seen today.
08/28/2013, 09:08 am
After being hit with 171 lawsuits from non-practicing intellectual property owning entities in the last five years, Apple has further solidified its place as the No. 1 target for so-called patent "trolls."
08/27/2013, 05:08 am
A somewhat offbeat patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday describes a method of providing iOS users with a 'silent disco' experience, where musical characteristics sampled from a roving DJ's track trigger playback of similar tunes on a local device.
08/27/2013, 04:08 am
An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a method in which a portable device, like the iPhone, can save, manage and recall entertainment and "smart home" system settings, called "scenes."
08/23/2013, 09:08 am
Judge Lucy Koh handed down a ruling on Thursday denying Samsung's motion to retry a high-profile patent case between the two rivals based on changes to the scope of Apple's so-called "rubber-banding" scrolling patent.
08/22/2013, 04:08 am
An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday shows a system in which a caller can check another user's iPhone's status, that is whether a user is available to talk, before placing a call, in some ways like the "away" feature seen in IM clients.
08/21/2013, 05:08 pm
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to comply with anonymous requests to reexamine a total of three Apple patents, all of which pertain to litigation with Samsung, with one also being asserted against Motorola in Florida.
08/20/2013, 05:08 am
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent for a method of generating and manipulating a three-dimensional object on a computing device, with the process controlled by special gestures made above a touchscreen's surface.
08/15/2013, 06:08 am
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a system that allows users to "gift" media content from iTunes and their own library to other iOS device owners, with the transaction facilitated by near-field communication.