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Topic: patents

Apple patents shape changing device display for tactile interactions

03/21/2017, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a portable device with a display capable of dynamically changing its shape, potentially opening the door to truly tactile user interaction.

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Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'

03/16/2017, 02:03 pm

Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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Apple inventions again point to work on health-tracking AirPods

03/16/2017, 05:03 am

A trio of Apple patent applications published on Thursday detail the inner workings of a wireless earbud system packed with sensors for taking biometric readings, suggesting the company is developing an advanced set of AirPods.

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Apple Pencil charging concept utilizes magnetic iPad Pro Smart Connector

03/09/2017, 01:03 pm

Newly filed patent applications from Apple reveal new ideas the iPad producer has for the Apple Pencil, with images showing a way to charge a version of the stylus with the Smart Connector port.

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Apple patent filing sheds light on iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

03/09/2017, 04:03 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details an intelligent method of introducing photo background blur using a depth map compiled from data captured by a stereo camera system. The document could shed light on the inner workings of Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus, details of which are sparse.

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Apple patent uses depth maps for smart facial detection, bolsters iPhone 8 rumors

03/07/2017, 04:03 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering the detection of human faces in digital video feeds by leveraging depth map information, technology that could be a building block of a face-based bio-recognition system rumored to debut with this year's iPhone.

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Apple investigating hide-able, attachable Apple Pencil storage loops

03/02/2017, 11:03 am

Apple is continuing to work on solving the problem of storing the Apple Pencil when it isn't required by the user, with a patent application published on Tuesday revealing designs for Pencil loops incorporated into iPad Pro cases and covers, keeping the stylus close at hand.

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Apple invents futuristic digital scroll-like device with retractable, roll-up display

03/02/2017, 05:03 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a portable device with a flexible OLED screen capable of retracting into two hollow casings, suggesting the company is looking into alternative hardware formats for flagship products like iPhone and iPad.

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US federal appeals court tosses $533M Smartflash victory against Apple

03/01/2017, 03:03 pm

A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $533 million verdict in favor of patent holder Smartflash, which in an earlier court battle had argued that Apple violated its data storage concepts by way of iTunes.

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Patent owner infographic shows contrast between Apple, Google inventor's cultures

02/28/2017, 11:02 am

A pair of visualizations comparing Apple's and Google's "innovation signatures" shows the difference in corporate cultures between the two giants, but doesn't tell the entire tale.

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Apple granted patent for fingerprint recognition using entire iPhone display

02/28/2017, 11:02 am

Rumors that Apple is considering a future without a physical home button on its iPhones have been bolstered by a patent granted to the company on Tuesday -- one that could allow users to authenticate their fingerprint by touching anywhere on the screen.

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Future iPhones might notify users when their coverglass cracks

02/16/2017, 04:02 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details a method of detecting and notifying users of cracks in a device coverglass, even if the break is a hairline fracture.

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Apple investigating manual winding Apple Watch, iPhone

02/16/2017, 02:02 am

According to an Apple patent application published on Thursday, the company is investigating device charging mechanisms capable of generating electricity through winding, as well as wearables powered by constant spring tension, like a traditional wristwatch.

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Apple patents screen tech capable of reading fingerprints without dedicated sensor

02/14/2017, 04:02 am

An Apple patent grant on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to leverage its LuxVue acquisition to integrate display technology capable of reading a user's fingerprint without a dedicated sensor, a design feature rumored to see release with "iPhone 8."

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Apple invents stretchable display backed by mesh-like elastomer

02/09/2017, 05:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application hinting at the company's plans to build an advanced iPhone, or other personal device, with an exceedingly flexible display.

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Apple granted patent for 'dual mode' headphone that doubles as a speaker

02/07/2017, 06:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent covering a next-generation headphone design that automatically transforms into a stereo loudspeaker on the fly, potentially laying down a blueprint for future EarPods, AirPods or Beats models.

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Apple investigating portable Apple Watch charger with band integration

02/02/2017, 04:02 am

While third-party companies have promised -- but not delivered -- an Apple Watch band capable of charging the device while it's being worn, Apple in a patent application on Thursday details a wearable battery module that juices Watch up via inductive power transmission.

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Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links

01/24/2017, 03:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

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Apple sues iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, claims $1 billion in payments withheld over FTC probe

01/20/2017, 04:01 pm

Apple on Friday filed a lawsuit against longtime iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, in a dispute over royalty payments apparently connected to a federal investigation into the chipmaker's potentially anticompetitive business dealings.

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Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating 2002 point-of-sale patent

01/16/2017, 11:01 am

A new patent infringement lawsuit accuses Apple and its iMessage service of violating a 15-year-old patent -- one related to the recording and playback of voice messages over a network.

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