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Topic: patents

Future iPhones could enhance security with combination of Touch ID & fingertip motion

12/18/2014, 09:12 am

Apple has shown interest in combining the use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor with rotating or moving a user's fingertip in specific ways, offering even more advanced security on future iPhones and iPads.

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Apple's first patent reassignment from PrimeSense buy hints at 3D mapping on Apple TV, iPhone

12/09/2014, 06:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was assigned patent rights to a projection-based 3D mapping solution won from its acquisition of Israeli company PrimeSense, suggesting the company is moving forward on development of advanced body gesture control for Mac, Apple TV and possibly iOS.

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Apple mass transit system for Maps detailed in new patent

12/04/2014, 07:12 am

A pair of patent filings uncovered on Thursday reveal what could be Apple's answer to mass transit mapping, a highly requested feature since Google Maps was replaced in iOS by the first-party Apple Maps in 2012.

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Apple patents active fall protection system that shifts iPhones in midair

12/02/2014, 03:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering a futuristic iPhone protection system that can recognize when a phone is dropped, calculate an estimated point of impact and shift its center of gravity to avoid striking sensitive components.

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Apple awarded patent for augmented reality devices with transparent displays

11/18/2014, 01:11 pm

Apple this week was awarded ownership of a patent that describes future electronics with transparent displays, allowing users to view real-world events simultaneously with on-screen generated images.

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Apple's scanner mouse patent dynamically adjusts resolution, displays images on housing

11/18/2014, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple an invention covering a mouse peripheral with built-in chromatic sensor, a device designed to deal with tracking issues inherent in conventional designs while acting as a handheld scanner.

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Apple patent reveals method of attaching sapphire cover glass to iPhone

11/13/2014, 05:11 am

While rumors that Apple would incorporate sapphire into its latest iPhone 6 flagship handset failed to materialize, the company is continuing work on such a solution, according to a patent application uncovered on Thursday.

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Apple continues exploring location-based security settings, looks at new adaptive brightness controls

11/11/2014, 02:11 pm

A pair of patents granted to Apple on Tuesday could hint at the company's plans for future user-facing features for its Macs and iOS devices, including a more granular control system for display brightness based on ambient light and security features that shift based on the device's location.

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Apple tech uses geofences, crowdsourced data to pinpoint cell network dead spots

11/11/2014, 04:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a mobile device monitoring system that uses anonymized crowdsourced data to map out cellular network dead spots.

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Apple granted patent covering motion-based 'remote wand' controllers for Apple TV

11/04/2014, 11:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued an invention for a new kind of Apple TV remote control, giving viewers the ability to gesture with a "remote wand" in order to navigate around the user interface, in what could be the latest evidence Apple is looking to substantially alter the user experience of its set-top streamer.

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GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt

10/21/2014, 05:10 pm

As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

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Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

10/21/2014, 04:10 am

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.

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Apple's patented flexible device display triggers data events through bending

10/07/2014, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

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Apple's next-gen iOS Remote app solution could boast full Apple TV GUIs, interactive content

10/02/2014, 06:10 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a next-generation iOS Remote app system capable of translating the Apple TV's UI to smaller format iPhone and iPad screens, while streaming back external content like movie trivia from those same devices.

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Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic touchscreen display

09/30/2014, 05:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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Apple invents bone conducting EarPods for better iPhone noise cancellation

09/18/2014, 06:09 am

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of iPhone voice calls, Apple is investigating a unique take on bone conduction technology that uses sensor-laden EarPods and multiple microphones to cancel out unwanted noise.

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Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures

09/16/2014, 05:09 am

In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

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Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding Liquidmetal for manufacturing

09/11/2014, 09:09 am

Apple is still working to perfect methods of manufacturing Liquidmetal parts, according to a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the company moving on to processes for melting the unique metal alloy and feeding it to casting and processing equipment.

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Apple's iPhone-based augmented reality navigation concept has 'X-ray vision' features

09/04/2014, 06:09 am

According to a pair of patent applications published on Thursday, Apple is investigating augmented reality systems for iOS capable of providing users with enhanced virtual overlays of their surroundings, including an "X-ray vision" mode that peels away walls.

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Apple invents method of hardening sapphire screens to reduce cracking

09/04/2014, 05:09 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a method of implanting ions in a sapphire display structure, strengthening the already hard material without using chemical treatments.

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