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Topic: patents

Apple patents method of building feature-rich cylindrical devices, hints at Siri home speaker

05/16/2017, 05:05 am

Lending credence to rumors of a cylindrical "Siri speaker," Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering the operating design of a component-rich tubular device, and methods for manufacturing the same.

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Apple investigating light-up Lightning & USB-C cables with optical data transmission

05/11/2017, 09:05 am

Apple has shown interest in an illuminated Lightning, Thunderbolt, or USB-C connector receptacle and cable combination, providing users both a new avenue of data transmission, as well as providing feedback on a proper connection being made.

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Apple invention details deep Siri integration with Messages

05/11/2017, 05:05 am

Apple in a patent application published Thursday details a method of integrating an intelligent virtual assistant -- Siri -- into a messaging environment, allowing users to participate in text-based exchanges with the AI, while opening up automation and helper tools to traditional Messages conversations with friends.

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Apple invention uses RFID tags, Apple Watch to track food nutrition

05/02/2017, 04:05 am

As Apple wades further into health industry waters with products like Apple Watch, the company on Tuesday was granted a patent for technology that would allow food vendors to embed nutritional information in device-readable RFID tags. The solution presents a unique and partially automated solution to calorie counting, one of the more laborious aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Apple investigating wireless charging via Wi-Fi routers, other communications equipment

04/27/2017, 04:04 am

Apple is experimenting with medium- to long-distance wireless charging technologies that could one day allow users to charge up their iPhones with nothing more than a Wi-Fi router, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark filing made public on Thursday.

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Apple investigating AR solution capable of moving, removing objects in real time

04/20/2017, 04:04 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application detailing a method of inserting virtual objects into a real environment, and relocating or removing real objects from the same, using advanced hardware and complex algorithms.

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US appeals court revives 'rubberbanding' portion of key patent from Apple v. Samsung case

04/17/2017, 02:04 pm

In response to an anonymous outside examination request made against the Apple document, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has actually revived parts of rejected U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 -- the so-called "pinch-to-zoom" filing -- while leaving others intact.

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As Apple's GPU plans go public, Imagination fears becoming a tech orphan

04/03/2017, 11:04 pm

Ten years after Apple effectively created a viable, high-end mobile graphics business for Imagination Technologies--and a year after the iPhone maker publicly declined to acquire the company--the British graphics technology firm now appears to be in full panic mode that its mobile technology may end up abandoned like MIPS, PowerPC, Nvidia's Tegra and Texas Instrument's OMAP.

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Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

03/23/2017, 05:03 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details a so-called "thin" portable hardware accessory that boasts the components necessary to act as a laptop surrogate for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple patents shape changing device display for tactile interactions

03/21/2017, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a portable device with a display capable of dynamically changing its shape, potentially opening the door to truly tactile user interaction.

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Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'

03/16/2017, 02:03 pm

Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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Apple inventions again point to work on health-tracking AirPods

03/16/2017, 05:03 am

A trio of Apple patent applications published on Thursday detail the inner workings of a wireless earbud system packed with sensors for taking biometric readings, suggesting the company is developing an advanced set of AirPods.

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Apple Pencil charging concept utilizes magnetic iPad Pro Smart Connector

03/09/2017, 01:03 pm

Newly filed patent applications from Apple reveal new ideas the iPad producer has for the Apple Pencil, with images showing a way to charge a version of the stylus with the Smart Connector port.

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Apple patent filing sheds light on iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

03/09/2017, 04:03 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details an intelligent method of introducing photo background blur using a depth map compiled from data captured by a stereo camera system. The document could shed light on the inner workings of Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus, details of which are sparse.

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Apple patent uses depth maps for smart facial detection, bolsters iPhone 8 rumors

03/07/2017, 04:03 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering the detection of human faces in digital video feeds by leveraging depth map information, technology that could be a building block of a face-based bio-recognition system rumored to debut with this year's iPhone.

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Apple investigating hide-able, attachable Apple Pencil storage loops

03/02/2017, 11:03 am

Apple is continuing to work on solving the problem of storing the Apple Pencil when it isn't required by the user, with a patent application published on Tuesday revealing designs for Pencil loops incorporated into iPad Pro cases and covers, keeping the stylus close at hand.

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Apple invents futuristic digital scroll-like device with retractable, roll-up display

03/02/2017, 05:03 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a portable device with a flexible OLED screen capable of retracting into two hollow casings, suggesting the company is looking into alternative hardware formats for flagship products like iPhone and iPad.

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US federal appeals court tosses $533M Smartflash victory against Apple

03/01/2017, 03:03 pm

A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $533 million verdict in favor of patent holder Smartflash, which in an earlier court battle had argued that Apple violated its data storage concepts by way of iTunes.

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Patent owner infographic shows contrast between Apple, Google inventor's cultures

02/28/2017, 11:02 am

A pair of visualizations comparing Apple's and Google's "innovation signatures" shows the difference in corporate cultures between the two giants, but doesn't tell the entire tale.

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Apple granted patent for fingerprint recognition using entire iPhone display

02/28/2017, 11:02 am

Rumors that Apple is considering a future without a physical home button on its iPhones have been bolstered by a patent granted to the company on Tuesday -- one that could allow users to authenticate their fingerprint by touching anywhere on the screen.

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