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Topic: patents

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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Apple invention uses ferrofluids to enhance induction charging performance

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.

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Apple patents crowd-sourced lost-and-found electronic tag service

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.

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Apple replaces mechanical keyboard switches with proximity sensors in new invention

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.

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Apple invention uses wrist gestures to control Apple Watch, iPhone

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.

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Future Apple Watches might use heart rate sensor to identify owner

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.

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Apple patents method for embedding light sensors directly onto device displays

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.

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Apple patents 'super resolution' multi-sensor cameras with cube prisms

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.

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Apple patents fingerprint sensor that works through displays, hints at 'iPhone 8' tech

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.

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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.

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Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

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 .

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Apple investigating 'active fluids' for wearable displays, connectors, sensors and more

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.

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Apple patents Apple Watch Series 2 water expulsion tech, smart straps

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.

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Patent holder Acacia wins $22.1M judgement against Apple

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.

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Samsung says Apple's Supreme Court position could encourage abuse of patent system

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.

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