Apple Patents

New patent reveals Apple working on new light field image editing software

New patent reveals Apple working on new light field image editing software

A patent filed by Apple with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week reveals the company is working on new light field image editing technology that could allow photographers to manipulate light and focus within a digital photo.

iPhones could one day report your status to friends

iPhones could one day report your status to friends

Your iPhone could one day tell your friends whether or not you’re available to take a call with instant messenger-style status updates, according to a new Apple patent, which describes a system that would allow iPhones to automatically broadcast their system status.

New Apple patent again hints at mid-air gesture controls for Macs

New Apple patent again hints at mid-air gesture controls for Macs

Apple has been granted a new patent that again confirms its exploration into mid-air gesture controls that could one day change the way we interact with our Macs. The patent describes a 3D mapping system that is capable of recognizing human hand gestures with great accuracy.

Apple patent application hints at non-dismissible notifications until specific information is entered

Apple patent application hints at non-dismissible notifications until specific information is entered

Way back in the early days of the iPhone and iPhone OS, Apple’s notification system wasn’t necessarily hailed as the best around.

Apple patents iPhone camera with 3 sensors for better low-light performance

Apple patents iPhone camera with 3 sensors for better low-light performance

Apple is sometimes criticized for its decision to stick with an 8-megapixel camera sensor for the last four iPhones, but a new patent suggests it is working on a revolutionary new module consisting of three sensors that could improve low-light performance and color accuracy.

Apple patents an iPhone dock with a built-in display, touchpad, and inductive charging

Apple patents an iPhone dock with a built-in display, touchpad, and inductive charging

iPhone and iPad docks could be about to get much more exciting according to a new Apple patent. The company has designed a docking device with a built-in display, touchpad, inductive charging, and lots more that could change the way you use your iOS devices at your desk.

Apple looking to waterproof its future devices using hydrophobic coating and silicone seals

Apple looking to waterproof its future devices using hydrophobic coating and silicone seals

A patent filed by Apple in March 2014 was revealed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, which contains details about the company’s effort to waterproof its devices using hydrophobic coating. The patent contains “methods for shielding electronic components from moisture.”

Apple awarded patent that could help Maps users avoid areas with weak cellular signal

Apple awarded patent that could help Maps users avoid areas with weak cellular signal

Using a mapping service to get from somewhere to somewhere else usually means trying to find the best, or quickest, route.

Apple patents new screen and app sharing method for iOS

Apple patents new screen and app sharing method for iOS

While screen sharing for collaboration has become a popular function on desktops, it still hasn’t made its way to our mobile devices. But a new Apple patent suggests the company is working on a new screen and data sharing method for iPhones and iPads.

New Apple patent hints at 3D virtual keyboard that allows for mid-air typing

New Apple patent hints at 3D virtual keyboard that allows for mid-air typing

Following Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense back in November 2013, a new patent indicates it could be working on a new type of virtual keyboard that would allow users to type in mid-air using a Kinect-like 3D camera system.