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Topic: patents

No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

04/28/2016, 10:04 am

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in hybrid wired/wireless designs

04/21/2016, 04:04 am

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices

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.

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Apple invents modular Apple Watch accessories that link together, connect via diagnostics port

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.

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Apple claims reversal of $120M verdict against Samsung violates US Constitution

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.

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Apple patent for stackable Smart Connector plugs improves iPad versatility

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.

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US Supreme Court to tackle money owed in Apple v. Samsung patent fight

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.

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Apple patents a new type of LiDAR system for 3D mapping

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.

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Apple invention turns Apple Watch into urgent care alert system

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.

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The iPhone's home button could get a Liquidmetal makeover, new Apple patent shows

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.

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Apple patents magnetically detachable wireless earbuds for iPhone

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.

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Court overturns Apple's $120M patent win against Samsung

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.

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Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust iPhone alert volume

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.

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Apple, Inc has filed for mistrial in $625M VirnetX lawsuit

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.

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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.

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Apple invention hints at force-sensitive Touch ID button

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.

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Apple patents hover-sensing multitouch display

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.

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Apple invention uses spherically curved photosensor for smaller, better iPhone camera

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.

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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.

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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.

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