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Topic: patent

Future Apple Pencil could be used to trace 3D objects for easy AR generation

04/07/2020, 07:04 am

New sensors being researched for a future Apple Pencil could allow users to use the device to trace both 2D and 3D objects, and send the data back to a connected iPad or Mac.


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 researching trackpad & gesture combo for controlling AR

04/02/2020, 06:04 am

Rather than attempting to manipulate AR objects through gloves or a game controller, a peripheral like a trackpad could allow users to select and manipulate what they see in front of them.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Future iPad keyboards could connect to the touchscreen instead of the Smart Connector

03/05/2020, 08:03 am

External keyboards for the iPad and iPad Pro may not need to connect over Bluetooth or use the Smart Connector, with Apple considering the possibility of using the capacitive touchscreen as a means to read button presses from the attached hardware.


Future HomePods could feature touch-sensitive fabric for more controls

03/05/2020, 06:03 am

Instead of the HomePod solely being controllable by taps on the top touch area, Apple is working on touch-sensitive fabric to allow users to control the speaker anywhere.


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.


Apple researching all-glass iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

02/21/2020, 06:02 am

New Apple research describes an all-glass iPhone which can display information, icons, and images on any surface -- with the entire device touch sensitive.


Patent troll targets Apple in touch screen patent infringement case

02/17/2020, 05:02 pm

An infamous patent troll has resurfaced, and is suing Apple and many others over the infringement of four patents dealing with capacitive keyboards and sensors used in the iPhone 11, third-generation iPad Pro, and similar products by other vendors like Microsoft and Samsung.


Machine learning could help Apple Maps fix bogus GPS coordinates

02/13/2020, 01:02 pm

Apple Maps may be able to provide its users with more accurate information about their location in the future, by using artificial intelligence to adjust GPS data when incorrect information or mistakes are detected in sensor readings.