09/24/2015, 11:09 am
Apple may be exploring the possibility of docking two devices using optical transmitters, rather than plugged-in connectors, a proposed invention from the company reveals.
09/22/2015, 04:09 am
Apple has patented a shrunken-down headphone connector that shaves precious volume off existing 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack standards by reshaping the plug, thereby removing -- albeit temporarily -- an inevitable limiting factor in its quest for perpetually thin smartphones.
09/17/2015, 12:09 pm
A federal appeals court has ruled that Apple has the right to block rival Samsung from using its patented inventions in its own handsets, a decision that could have major consequences for future products from the South Korean electronics maker.
09/15/2015, 04:09 am
Apple on Tuesday was reassigned a patent from Topsy Labs, the social analytics firm it purchased in 2013, covering a computer search system that cuts through the noise often found in crowdsourced recommendation services by surfacing search results based on user ranking and influence.
Judge denies Apple a retrial in Smartflash suit, but upholds decision to toss $533M damages against Apple
09/03/2015, 12:09 pm
A Texas federal judge has refused to grant Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit, but simultaneously declined to reconsider a decision to toss $532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash.
09/03/2015, 10:09 am
Apple has showed continued interest in using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices, echoing a functional iPhone 6 powered by hydrogen that was showcased just last week.
08/27/2015, 05:08 am
According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is looking into advanced bone conduction technology that would enhance voice communications in an unannounced wireless earphone system.
08/13/2015, 05:08 am
According to an Apple invention published Thursday, the company is looking into forms of data sharing that would allow an iPhone owner having connectivity issues to offload files normally stored in the cloud to a "friendly device" for later retrieval.
08/13/2015, 04:08 am
In an invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlines a process of identifying individuals in a digital image using facial recognition techniques and sending a copy of the photo out to those people by associating contact information pulled from an app like Contacts.
07/30/2015, 03:07 pm
On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.
07/30/2015, 05:07 am
According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.
07/23/2015, 06:07 am
A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device.
07/23/2015, 05:07 am
Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content -- read advertisements -- served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.
07/21/2015, 05:07 am
A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday reveals a novel mode of mobile device gesture input that turns taps detected on non-touchscreen surfaces, like the side of an iPhone, into granular on-screen controls.
07/16/2015, 06:07 am
An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals continued research into alternative energy solutions, specifically as it applies to a lineup of wireless computer peripherals with embedded solar cells.
07/14/2015, 04:07 am
A pair of patents awarded to Apple on Tuesday illustrates research running the gamut of mobile tech, with one invention detailing an advanced mapping system with customizable and shareable image data, and another covering ways to convert audio data into haptic vibrations for the hearing impaired.
07/09/2015, 05:07 am
A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing work on perfecting the mobile computing experience, including an intuitive continuous handwriting recognition system and a pair of earphones that snap together magnetically for easy stowage.
07/08/2015, 08:07 am
Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.
07/07/2015, 05:07 am
Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.
07/02/2015, 04:07 am
In a seemingly never-ending quest to make thinner, lighter mobile devices, Apple is researching methods by which heart rate monitors, skin conductivity sensors and more can be directly incorporated into an iPhone's product logo.