04/19/2016, 12:04 pm
The days of being forced to deal with a bulbous camera bump to enjoy optical zoom in a smartphone may soon be over, as Apple has invented a new variety of compact telephoto lens system.
03/31/2016, 05:03 am
A trio of Apple inventions published Thursday detail advanced strap designs with embedded electronic devices that connect via Apple Watch's diagnostics port, suggesting the wearable might soon support wireless charging battery packs, GPS receivers and more.
03/30/2016, 11:03 am
In reversing a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung for patent infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stepped beyond the bounds of the Constitution, a lawyer for Apple argued this week.
03/29/2016, 04:03 am
An Apple patent published Tuesday details work on a magnetic connector interface akin to the recently introduced Smart Connector, but instead of being limited to one accessory, the proposed design can stack plugs to mate with and support multiple peripherals.
03/21/2016, 10:03 am
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Samsung appeal in the legal battle over how much it owes Apple for infringing iPhone patents, it was revealed on Monday.
03/15/2016, 12:03 pm
With Apple's aggressive expansion into geospatial data has come a new focus on research into foundational sensors and systems related to the field, including a newly granted patent that covers an in-house LiDAR device for more accurately capturing three-dimensional scenes.
03/10/2016, 05:03 am
A patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user's vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.
03/09/2016, 12:03 pm
A recently granted Apple patent points to a new use for Liquidmetal -- a simplified home button design that would cut down on complexity and last longer than conventional components.
03/01/2016, 04:03 am
Amid rumors claiming Apple's next iPhone heralds the inexorable demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the company on Tuesday was granted a patent for a hybrid headphone design capable of both corded and wireless operation.
02/26/2016, 11:02 am
Samsung saw a major victory in its ongoing patent infringement litigation with Apple, as a U.S. appeals court overturned a $120 million decision against the South Korean electronics maker.
02/11/2016, 04:02 am
Apple is looking to turn Apple Watch into an automated iPhone command and control module, as a patent application published Thursday details a method by which the wearable monitors, compares and adjusts handset audio output on the fly.
02/05/2016, 04:02 pm
After objecting to the closing arguments made by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry attorneys representing VirnetX, Apple has now filed a motion for mistrial in the case that awarded a $625 million verdict after just a week of testimony and deliberation.
Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung patent petition, calls case 'legally unexceptional'
02/04/2016, 09:02 am
Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung's request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review.
02/04/2016, 04:02 am
An Apple patent filing published on Thursday suggests future iPhones and iPads might sport force-sensing Touch ID home buttons that rely on technology similar to iPhone 6s' 3D Touch system.
02/02/2016, 03:02 am
After the release of 3D Touch force-sensing input on iPhone 6s, Apple continues its push for the perfect input technology, most recently winning a patent that uses inline proximity sensors to detect non-contact hover gestures.
01/26/2016, 02:01 am
In its quest for high-performing, flexible and -- most importantly -- small imaging systems, Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a spherical photosensor and lens array that provides high-resolution capture in an incredibly compact package.
01/21/2016, 11:01 am
A U.S. patent application published on Thursday suggests that Apple is at least experimenting with the concept of wraparound displays for some of its portable devices.
01/14/2016, 05:01 am
Addressing what some would call a drawback of modern computer design, Apple has developed a system that provides users plug alignment assistance for hard to reach ports normally located in the rear of desktop enclosures.
01/14/2016, 04:01 am
Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.
01/13/2016, 10:01 am
Apple was awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015, placing it No. 11 overall in newly earned inventions, according to the latest intellectual property rankings published on Wednesday.