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Topic: patents

Apple wants an iPhone that doesn't just survive underwater, but is usable there

04/02/2020, 12:04 pm

Future iPads and iPhones could adapt to actually being used underwater, and a new way to sense orientation using the Face ID camera could see display rotation guided by the angle of your face in relation to the device.


Apple investigating reinforced plastic as case material for future Apple Watch

03/26/2020, 07:03 am

While the device's chief components would remain the same, future Apple Watches may come with a housing that is made in part from plastic and ceramic fibers.


Apple planning Face ID for MacBook Pro and iMac -- plus a notch

03/26/2020, 07:03 am

Apple intends to bring the Face ID biometric authentication system introduced with the iPhone, to its Mac range, including both portables and desktops.


Apple Car solar panel technology could also be used in Apple Watch, iPhone case

03/24/2020, 07:03 am

Apple's future car may have photovoltaic solar panels on the roof to maximize range and idle charging speed, but it may not stop there. The company believes that an extension of the technology would be well-suited to the Apple Watch, the iPhone, and other device cases.


A rollable iPhone won't break at the hinge, and Apple is working on one

03/24/2020, 07:03 am

To combat the common failure at the hinge that existing folding smartphones commonly suffer from, Apple is looking at how to make iPhone screens that can be rolled out when needed, and rolled back up when not.


Apple aiming for immaculate images in AR glasses & VR headset

03/19/2020, 01:03 pm

From optimizing images, and replicating physical controllers within Virtual or Augmented Reality, to ensuring perfect audio, it's all in Apple's latest published work encompassing its rumored head-mounted display or AR glasses.


Apple Pencil may add Touch Bar-like display with see-through effect

03/19/2020, 09:03 am

Glass incorporated into a future Apple Pencil may add Touch Bar-like controls to the device, and also display a view of the drawing that it would normally block from the user.


Radar in future HomePods could ID users, monitor some health parameters

03/19/2020, 06:03 am

Apple devices including HomePod may get the ability to detect the nearby location of a user, act on their gestures, and determine which user it is -- plus use this information to make health assessments.


Apple's Magic Mouse may gain shape-changing capabilities

03/17/2020, 07:03 am

The next Magic Mouse may have shape-shifting abilities, changing its physical proportions to make itself more comfortable to hold in the user's hand for long periods of time.


Apple isn't planning on limiting CarPlay just to a car's head unit

03/17/2020, 07:03 am

Instead of CarPlay stuck on a separate display on a vehicle's head unit, Apple is working on integrating CarPlay into a car's regular dashboard -- and it may be a hint at how Apple itself may implement it in the Apple Car.


VirnetX versus Apple saga over, with $454M paid for patent infringement

03/13/2020, 03:03 pm

Apple has paid VirnetX $454 million, the latter company announced Friday, capping-off a decade-long patent dispute between the two firms.


Future iMac may be able to extend desktop onto nearby walls

03/12/2020, 08:03 am

Apple continues to explore ways of extending or improving the iMac, this time by working on integrated technology to extend the user's screen by projecting displays onto nearby surfaces such as walls.


MacBook Pro may detect gestures in the air above the Touch Bar in the future

03/12/2020, 08:03 am

Apple is looking to build on the Touch Bar by giving it the ability to detect finger movements and hand gestures in the air, rather than requiring users to touch and swipe on the Bar itself.


Future iPhone may keep your data private by tracking where you look

03/12/2020, 07:03 am

An iPhone or iPad may help ensure a user's privacy by monitoring their gaze, displaying sensitive information only in areas of the display where they are looking, while observers are simultaneously left seeing an indecipherable screen.


Touch-sensitive MacBook Pro keys could work together as a trackpad

03/10/2020, 12:03 pm

A future keyboard for a Mac may offer touch-sensitive keys on top of mechanical switches, a feature that could effectively turn the keyboard surface into a simulated trackpad.


Apple may add screens to MacBook Pro trackpads and keyboards

03/10/2020, 08:03 am

A future Apple MacBook Pro may have Touch Bar-like displays and controls in their trackpads or in the keyboard's space bar, to provide additional surfaces for information to be provided to the user like shortcuts or autocorrect choices.


Apple's foldable iPhone may not need a hinge under the screen

03/10/2020, 07:03 am

Apple is working on technology for two or more devices to act in concert when close together, with the technology able to make a foldable iPhone that doesn't suffer from a bending screen.


Foldable iPhone with flexible screen and cover research resurfaces

03/03/2020, 09:03 am

A foldable iPhone or iPad from Apple could include a flexible casing, one that can keep the mobile device's screen and hardware protected while also coping with the rigors of opening and closing.


Apple's smart ring may expand to cover an entire finger

03/03/2020, 08:03 am

An Apple-designed smart ring could feature an expandable design, one that can extend the length of the ring to make it into a finger-sized tube, allowing it to employ more sensors and perform other functions than a smaller, simple ring.


Apple's AR plans include accurate handling of real and virtual objects

02/25/2020, 07:02 am

A new Apple patent describes a system of registering when a user is or is not touching a real object in a virtual space, and doing so with depth measurement from fingertips and calculated from camera angles.