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Topic: patents

Apple concept would improve iPhone camera quality with use of mirrors

02/12/2015, 09:02 am

In its quest to build smaller phones that still somehow offer better photo taking capabilities, Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

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Apple shows continued interest in embedding Touch ID fingerprint sensors into touchscreen displays

02/05/2015, 12:02 pm

Future iPhones and iPads could move Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the device's home button to the display itself, allowing a more seamless and potentially dynamic way for a device to securely authenticate a user.

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Apple's 'indoor traffic' concept would estimate wait times at the airport, grocery store, DMV, more

02/05/2015, 09:02 am

Apple's interest in indoor positioning technology could go well beyond just identifying a user's location, by offering estimated wait times at a variety of businesses, allowing iPhone users to adjust their schedules and save time by avoiding high-traffic periods of the day.

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Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input

01/29/2015, 10:01 am

As recent rumors have suggested Apple could offer a simple stylus to enhance a larger iPad model, a new patent application shows what kind of improved pen-based input technology the company has been working on behind the scenes.

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Apple develops sensor-laden glass to monitor, analyze device treatment

01/27/2015, 11:01 am

It could soon be more difficult to fool Genius Bar employees into servicing an iPhone or iPad under warranty after it has been carelessly dropped by the user, even without physical damage, as Apple has won a patent for embedding sensors into devices' cover glass to record strain on the part from twists and drops.

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Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

01/27/2015, 03:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that extends in-game controls beyond the handset's display and onto D-pads or joysticks, saving precious screen real estate in the process.

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Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture controls for iPad

01/22/2015, 10:01 am

Future iPads could come with even fewer physical buttons, as Apple is evaluating new ways to show contextually relevant information and allow quick access to device controls based on the position of the iPad's Smart Cover, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Apple patents eye-tracking gaze controls for iOS, Mac devices

01/20/2015, 03:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced gaze-tracking graphical user interface that could one day see implementation in Macs, iPhones, iPads or even a future version of the Apple TV.

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Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could serve as more complex input controller

01/15/2015, 01:01 pm

The technology that drives the Touch ID home button could be used for much more than securely scanning a user's fingerprint -- a fact highlighted by a new Apple patent application published this week.

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Apple patent points to iCloud-based Touch ID syncing, fingerprint-protected Apple Pay terminals

01/15/2015, 04:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could do away with manual Touch ID setup and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals.

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Apple patent points to in-air 3D gesture UI for Apple TV, Mac and beyond

01/13/2015, 03:01 am

One month after receiving a patent reassignment from Israel-based 3D mapping R&D firm PrimeSense, Apple on Tuesday was granted another property detailing possible software implementations to go along with previously outlined motion-sensing hardware.

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Apple earned 13% more patents in 2014, ranking No. 11 among all companies

01/12/2015, 11:01 am

Apple was awarded 2,003 patents in 2014 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, making "impressive gains" and inching closer to the top 10 companies receiving credit for intellectual property inventions.

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Apple wins extensive patent for foldable, flexible iPhone with force gesture controls

01/06/2015, 03:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a U.S. patent for a portable device made almost exclusively from flexible components, allowing for force-based gesture input and perhaps larger displays that fold up like a trifold wallet.

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Apple patents smart pen for capturing digital copies of handwritten notes

12/30/2014, 03:12 am

Apple was granted yet another stylus design patent on Tuesday, this time coming in the form of a smart pen capable of detecting hand movements for translation into digital line drawings and text.

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Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium to shed 4,000 patents, end lawsuits in $900M deal

12/23/2014, 11:12 am

Rockstar Consortium --the patent holding firm created by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase thousands of foundational telecom patents from now-defunct Nortel -- looks set to wind down operations after the partners agreed to sell much of Rockstar's patent portfolio to IP risk mitigation company RPX.

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Apple TV patent turns iPads and iPhones into remote displays, supports reverse AirPlay mirroring

12/23/2014, 05:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for displaying media streams on portable devices in synchronization with content being played back on a fixed system, suggesting the company is thinking of remote viewing capabilities for its Apple TV line of products.

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Future iPhones could enhance security with combination of Touch ID & fingertip motion

12/18/2014, 09:12 am

Apple has shown interest in combining the use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor with rotating or moving a user's fingertip in specific ways, offering even more advanced security on future iPhones and iPads.

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Apple's first patent reassignment from PrimeSense buy hints at 3D mapping on Apple TV, iPhone

12/09/2014, 06:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was assigned patent rights to a projection-based 3D mapping solution won from its acquisition of Israeli company PrimeSense, suggesting the company is moving forward on development of advanced body gesture control for Mac, Apple TV and possibly iOS.

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Apple mass transit system for Maps detailed in new patent

12/04/2014, 07:12 am

A pair of patent filings uncovered on Thursday reveal what could be Apple's answer to mass transit mapping, a highly requested feature since Google Maps was replaced in iOS by the first-party Apple Maps in 2012.

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Apple patents active fall protection system that shifts iPhones in midair

12/02/2014, 03:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering a futuristic iPhone protection system that can recognize when a phone is dropped, calculate an estimated point of impact and shift its center of gravity to avoid striking sensitive components.

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