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Topic: patents

Apple invention could lead to glasses-free 3D on mobile devices

07/21/2016, 09:07 am

An Apple patent application published early on Thursday could theoretically set the stage for iPhones and other devices with "autostereoscopic" displays, simulating 3D without the need for special glasses.

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New Apple invention would allow for complex, multi-axis haptic feedback

07/19/2016, 09:07 am

An Apple patent published on Tuesday suggests interest in a haptic feedback motor that could vibrate in different directions, depending on a device's orientation.

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Apple shows interest in expanding True Tone color accuracy beyond the 9.7" iPad Pro

06/23/2016, 11:06 am

While True Tone technology is currently exclusive to Apple's latest flagship iPad, a new patent application signals it has interest in expanding the color management capabilities to other devices, potentially ranging from as small as an Apple Watch to as large as an iMac.

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Apple invents stylus with touch-sensitive body, ambidextrous 'Reachability' UI for iOS

06/23/2016, 05:06 am

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday indicate research into alternative input methods for iOS, namely a touch sensitive stylus and a device capable of customizing a user interface based on whether a user is holding it in their left or right hand.

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Chinese firm that had iPhone 6 sales suspended in Beijing 'barely exists,' investigation finds

06/22/2016, 02:06 pm

Shenzhen Baili -- the company that recently won a Chinese patent ruling over the iPhone 6 -- is now a shadow of its former self, a report said on Wednesday.

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Chinese bureau finds Apple copying smartphone patents with iPhone 6 design

06/17/2016, 09:06 am

The design of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is too similar to the 100C phone by Shenzhen Baili, and violates that company's patents, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled on Friday.

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Apple's dual-layer LCD technology promises high-contrast, lifelike HDR images

06/16/2016, 06:06 am

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday details a method of reducing image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display's contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

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Apple wins patents for transparent AR device, device with wrap-around display

06/14/2016, 04:06 am

Apple on Tuesday won a pair of patents relating to advanced mobile devices including a property covering transparent augmented reality devices and IP detailing a mobile electronic device with flexible wrap-around display.

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New Apple wearable display patent may point to future Apple Watch generations

06/09/2016, 11:06 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is interested in flexible, wearable displays, possibly with a future incarnation of the Apple Watch in mind.

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ITC investigates Apple & AT&T over haptic patent complaints by Immersion

06/07/2016, 03:06 pm

On Tuesday the U.S. International Trade Commission launched an investigation into Apple and AT&T, following up on a complaint by San Jose's Immersion that various products are violating its haptic feedback patents.

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Apple patents liquid resistant speaker port, bone conducting headphones

06/07/2016, 03:06 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering water-resistant iPhone speakers, hinting at a potential ruggedized handset, as well as a property detailing bone conduction technology that might one day deliver advanced noise cancellation to EarPods headsets.

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Patent office gives Apple upper-hand in Smartflash lawsuit by invalidating two patents

06/02/2016, 04:06 pm

The invalidation of two more Smartflash patents may put Apple in a good position to avoid paying a $532.9 million patent verdict rendered in February 2015, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Caltech sues Apple & Broadcom over alleged Wi-Fi patent infringements

05/30/2016, 03:05 pm

Apple and one of its long-time Wi-Fi chip suppliers, Broadcom, violated several patents on Wi-Fi technology owned by the California Institute of Technology, according to a lawsuit launched this month.

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VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

05/26/2016, 12:05 pm

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

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Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into smart walkie-talkies

05/26/2016, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology.

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Apple imagines citywide ground-based navigation infrastructure to augment, replace GPS

05/17/2016, 06:05 am

In a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company imagines entire cities outfitted with low-power wireless transmitters capable of sending pinpoint-accurate location data, as well as dynamic environmental alerts, to iPhones and in-car navigation systems.

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Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition to solve multi-user dwelling issues

05/12/2016, 06:05 am

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

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VoIP-Pal serves Apple in $2.8B patent infringement suit over iMessage & Wi-Fi Calling

05/10/2016, 01:05 pm

Patent holder VoIP-Pal on Tuesday announced that it has formally served Apple in an infringement lawsuit, claiming over $2.8 billion in damages from concepts used in services like Wi-Fi Calling and iMessage.

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Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find, control live television content

05/10/2016, 11:05 am

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

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Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

05/03/2016, 05:05 am

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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