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Topic: patents

Apple filing hints at work on OLED-based wraparound display technology

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.


Apple invents plug insertion guidance system for desktops with hard to see ports

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.


Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms into a protective case, stand

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.


Apple takes 11th place in awarded US patents in 2015

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.


Apple exploring new multi-camera optical zoom system for future iPhones

01/07/2016, 12:01 pm

Mobile photographers might soon have the option of zooming in on their targets without the image degradation that comes with traditional digital zoom, if a new multi-camera optical zoom system spotted in a recent Apple patent application makes it into production.


Samsung seeks to evade $120 million verdict due in Apple's second iPhone infringement trial

01/06/2016, 01:01 am

In its second patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, Apple sought $2.2 billion in damages but was awarded just $119.6 million. Samsung is now asking a judge to bypass the jury's 2014 verdict and give it a free pass for "slavishly copying" Apple's iPhone technology in a case that began over four years ago.


Apple patent details smart ceiling lighting used in next-gen Apple Stores

12/22/2015, 04:12 am

As part of efforts to revitalize an aging retail design language, Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for ceiling lighting systems that are currently rolling out to so-called "next-generation" Apple Stores around the world.


Apple invention uses self-healing elastomers to weatherproof iPhone connectors, audio jack

12/10/2015, 05:12 am

An Apple patent application on Thursday suggests a method of portable device weatherproofing that buries sensitive electrical device contacts beneath a layer of self-healing elastomer, allowing connectors to penetrate without leaving lasting aesthetic or structural damage.


Apple investigating 3D color printer technology

12/03/2015, 05:12 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals research on efficient and cost-effective full color 3D printing which, if marketed by Apple, would take rapid prototyping technology mainstream.


Apple invents active shutter system to protect iPhones from liquid, contaminants

11/26/2015, 05:11 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details methods of implementing a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.


Apple invention integrates floaties into retractable iPhone bumper

11/19/2015, 04:11 am

As a result of continued research into device protection technologies, Apple has developed an automated bumper system that doubles as a floatation device, protecting iPhones from drops and large bodies of water.


Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled store tables in new filing

11/12/2015, 10:11 am

Apple recently began equipping its retail stores with advanced tables that allow hidden power and data ports to be exposed with a simple hand gesture, and a new patent filing details the technology behind it, as well as other potential future implementations.


Apple invention uses electrodes to dry out wet iPhone innards

11/12/2015, 04:11 am

An Apple invention published on Thursday points to work on water resistant portable devices capable of expelling water from speaker and microphone cavities using varied electric charges and acoustics.


Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for Mac

11/03/2015, 05:11 am

Apple is researching ways to implement its Force Touch technology into Mac keyboards, according to a patent published on Tuesday, a move that would not only cut down on key height by removing physical switches, but expand a device's overall utility.


Apple invents retractable motorized iPhone screen protector

10/22/2015, 05:10 am

In continued attempts to prevent costly display damage due to accidental drops, Apple has devised a system that automatically extends retractable tabs above an iPhone's screen when a drop event is sensed, thereby creating a buffer zone between delicate glass and the ground.


Apple patents multi-use magnetic iPad stand, embedded environmental sensor tech

10/20/2015, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted patent rights to an all-purpose docking solution for iPad and embedded sensor technology that could one day lead to an iPhone capable of informing its user of changes in temperature and humidity.


Patent on Velcro-like Liquidmetal fastener could be used to prevent Apple device tampering

10/15/2015, 11:10 am

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday illustrates a Velcro-like fastener concept, but using the amorphous alloy technology Apple picked up through a licensing deal with Liquidmetal.


Apple invention brings inductive charging to iPhone without extra hardware

10/08/2015, 04:10 am

According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is actively investigating the integration of inductive charging technology into its devices using multi-mode versions of electrical coils already found in speakers, microphones and haptic engines.


Apple's angled camera concept could enable virtual keyboard docks

10/06/2015, 10:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a new type of camera that could capture images at indirect angles --a concept that the company says could be used to enable projected, virtual keyboards on any flat surface.


Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more

10/01/2015, 04:10 am

It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display.