A new patent application from Apple describes how in the future AirPods might feature selective audio pass through feature. Titled “in-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system,” the patent describes Apple’s take on modern noise cancellation where selective external sounds can be drowned out or allowed to pass through.
Apple Patent Envisions Future AirPods with Selective Audio Passthrough Feature and Noise Cancellation
Apple today was granted 54 patents covering a wide range of devices and features. The most interesting among them includes an iPhone dock featuring Siri support and wireless charging, a new way to call 911, and more.
Rumor has it that the iPhone 8 is going to launch with at least four different colors available, and one of those new options could be a “mirror-like finish.”
Rumors have run rampant for quite some time now that Apple will include facial recognition technology in the upcoming iPhone 8.
Apple has done some extensive research on sleep science, which is evident from every annual iOS update that we see. These efforts got a shot in the arm when Apple launched the Apple Watch to complement the Health app. The company has now received a new patent from the USPTO which allows customers to have their alarms automatically set based on the sleep patterns tracked by accompanying devices.
Apple Granted Patents Relating to iPhone 8’s Edge-to-Edge Display and a Touch ID Sensor Embedded Within the Display
As the launch of the iPhone 8 nears, Apple has just been granted 56 patents by the USPTO. Two of these patents (9,652,066 and 9,652,096) have caught our attention, as they talk about an edge-to-edge display and a Touch ID sensor which can be embedded within the display, allowing users to unlock their phones by tapping anywhere on the screen.
Apple’s New Patent Talks About RFID Tags Offering Nutritional Information for Better Health Tracking
Health is a crucial part of the iOS experience. Apple is seemingly planning to take this further if a new patent granted by the USPTO is anything to go by. The company is seemingly looking to come up with RFID tags meant for retailers which will contain nutritional information. This RFID tag can be placed on top of a receipt or the exterior packaging of the food you’re buying, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users to read the data and add it to your personal health profile.
Apple is expected to introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 8 later this year. However, a new patent application from the company envisions a future where the iPhone and other electronic devices can be charged using a Wi-Fi router.
When Apple adopted USB Type-C ports for its 12-inch MacBook, and dropped the MagSafe feature from the ultraportable, the expectation was that other MacBooks would see the same results eventually.
Apple Granted 45 New Patents Including a Few Pertaining to the Apple Watch Charger and Multitouch on iOS
The USPTO has approved a total of 45 new patents for Apple with a couple of notable inclusions. One of these is related to the original iOS multitouch patent filed by Apple. Naturally, the patent seems mundane and ancient, but it’s not particularly surprising. Other UI elements like the iOS keypad, and the controls or “virtual elements” meant for gaming are also covered by this patent.