12/01/2016, 06:12 am
Apple published a patent application on Thursday covering an embedded environmental sensor capable of sampling both gas and liquids, a component that could one day inform iPhone and Apple Watch owners of potential unseen dangers in their surrounding environment.
12/01/2016, 05:12 am
A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing research into circular displays suitable for wearable devices, suggesting the company was at least mulling the creation of a round-faced Apple Watch.
11/22/2016, 03:11 am
An Apple patent published Tuesday reveals the company has for years been actively investigating a hinged iPhone format, with designs calling for a flexible metal-backed OLED display capable of being folded in half.
11/17/2016, 02:11 am
An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments.
11/15/2016, 02:11 am
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent that extends a nearly decade-old invention covering a wearable sports and health monitoring device, specifically incorporating language that seemingly accommodates platform features introduced with the new AirPods wireless headphones.
11/08/2016, 04:11 am
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing an augmented reality mapping system that harnesses iPhone hardware to overlay visual enhancements onto live video, lending credence to recent rumors suggesting the company plans to implement an iOS-based AR strategy in the near future.
10/25/2016, 06:10 am
As part of continued research into efficient wireless chargers -- perhaps powerful enough to rival Lightning -- Apple on Tuesday received a patent for an induction charging method that uses ferrofluids to reduce or negate energy loss typical of such systems.
10/25/2016, 05:10 am
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering a lost-and-found system that enlists the help of other user devices to locate and track items to which low-power electronic tags are affixed.
10/20/2016, 07:10 am
An Apple invention detailed in a patent application published Thursday describes a method of decoupling a keyboard's mechanical feel from its electrical functionality using proximity sensors, which allows greater customize key feedback.
10/13/2016, 05:10 am
Building on a related Apple Watch patent application filed for on Thursday, Apple published an invention covering a unique wristband mechanism capable of detected wrist gestures and translating them into system commands.
10/13/2016, 05:10 am
An Apple invention published on Thursday reveals work on a next-generation Apple Watch model capable of identifying a user with its heart rate sensor, which if implemented would mark a major step forward in freeing the wearable from iPhone.
10/11/2016, 06:10 am
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for embedding light-sensing sensors directly into device displays, an important step in creating a full-screen iPhone without the trademark "chin and forehead" bezels.
10/11/2016, 06:10 am
Apple continues to win patents detailing advanced technology rumored to show up in next year's iPhone model, the most recent being a pair of inventions dealing with "super resolution" multi-sensor cameras.
10/04/2016, 04:10 am
Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent that, if recent rumors are to be believed, might make its way into next year's iPhone model. Specifically, the company now owns IP covering a fingerprint sensor capable of gathering accurate readings through structures like a device screen.
Apple Watch invention enables True Tone display tech by measuring ambient light through a user's skin
09/29/2016, 06:09 am
Smartwatches perhaps more than any other portable device would benefit from power saving and color adjustable displays, but squeezing the requisite ambient light sensor that serves as the basis of such technology into an already stuffed chassis is a difficult proposition. Apple might have solved the problem, however, with a sensor capable of detecting light reflected through flesh.
09/27/2016, 04:09 am
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect technology .
09/22/2016, 05:09 am
Apple in a patent application published on Thursday describes a versatile technology that applies optically transparent shells filled with conductive fluid -- transparent, opaque or state-changing -- as flexible interconnects, interactive displays and windows for environmental or biometric sensors, among other implementations.
09/20/2016, 04:09 am
Apple on Tuesday was granted a pair of patents relating to current and potential future Apple Watch hardware applications, one of which details the unique liquid expulsion via speaker feature debuted with Apple Watch Series 2.
09/16/2016, 01:09 pm
A federal jury has ruled in favor of Acacia Research, awarding a subsidiary of the patent licensing firm $22.1 million in damages from Apple for the latter's violation of a cellular networking patent.
09/01/2016, 03:09 pm
Preparing for its upcoming battle with Apple at the U.S. Supreme Court, Samsung this week submitted a written argument suggesting that Apple's position could open the door to deep abuses of the American patent system.