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Topic: patents

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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Apple AirPods concept finalized since at least mid-2015, patent filing shows

01/12/2017, 05:01 am

In debuting AirPods, Apple also introduced a seamless, dead simple Bluetooth pairing method powered by its new W1 chip. A patent application published Thursday appears to detail exactly how the system functions.

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Apple patent paves way for iPhone with full-face display, HUD windows

01/10/2017, 06:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing technology that allows for ear speakers, cameras and even a heads-up display to hide behind an edge-to-edge screen, a design rumored to debut in a next-generation iPhone later this year.

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Apple filing shows initial stab at AirPods with magnetic hooks

12/29/2016, 11:12 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday may hint at an abandoned AirPods design that aimed to keep the earbuds more firmly in place.

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Apple e-ink Touch Bar invention reveals potential integration with standalone peripherals, iPad

12/29/2016, 06:12 am

A patent application made public on Thursday reveals Apple investigated the possibility of powering the new MacBook Pro's software configurable Touch Bar with electrophoretic ink, or e-ink, technology instead of an OLED multitouch unit.

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Nokia expands number of patent suits against Apple in escalating battle

12/22/2016, 03:12 pm

Nokia on Thursday said it has increased the number of patent suits launched against Apple from 32 to 40, spread across 11 countries, including the U.S. and parts of Asia and Europe.

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Next-gen Apple Watch might thin down by moving haptic motor to wristband

12/22/2016, 04:12 am

Apple is investigating the possibility of transferring Apple Watch's haptic feedback mechanism from the device chassis to its wrist strap, a design that would allow for a much thinner product, according to a patent application discovered Thursday.

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Apple patents panel-type acoustic system for portable devices, woven displays

12/20/2016, 03:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a pair of patents for maximizing space in portable devices, one covering a panel acoustic system that provides high quality sound in thin enclosures and another detailing woven displays for Apple Watch.

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Jury awards Core Wireless $7.3M in damages for Apple patent infringement

12/15/2016, 04:12 pm

On Thursday, a jury for the U.S. District Court for Northern California found Apple to be infringing on two patents owned by Core Wireless, related to various cellular connection standards like GSM and LTE.

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Apple files patent for autonomous vehicle collision avoidance system

12/08/2016, 07:12 am

In one of the first pieces of documentation proving Apple's investigation into autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application describing a basic collision avoidance system that could one day serve as the underpinnings of a self-driving car telemetry solution.

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Future Apple devices might warn users of environmental dangers

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.

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Apple patent filing reveals work on circular displays for Apple Watch

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.

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Apple patents foldable iPhone with flexible display that can clip onto clothing

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.

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Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids in peer-to-peer financial transactions

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.

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Apple patent refines health monitoring headphone invention to accommodate AirPods

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.

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Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for iPhone

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.

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