Apple Patents

Apple explores bone conduction noise cancelling tech for improved earphones

Apple explores bone conduction noise cancelling tech for improved earphones

A new Apple patent reveals the Cupertino company’s exploration of bone conduction noise cancelling technology that could make its way into future EarPods. Apple explains how the technology could be used to improve voice communications.

Apple’s ‘swipe-to-unlock’ patent rejected by German court, says method didn’t reach a level of sophistication needed to award patent protection

Apple’s ‘swipe-to-unlock’ patent rejected by German court, says method didn’t reach a level of sophistication needed to award patent protection

The top civil court in Germany has ruled against Apple in patenting the company’s now renowned ‘swipe-to-unlock’ gesture. The court stated in its ruling that the patent is not sophisticated enough to be awarded a patent protection.

USPTO finds iPhone design patent in Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit invalid

USPTO finds iPhone design patent in Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit invalid

FOSS Patent reports that on August 5, 2015, the Central Reexamination Division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a non-final rejection in the reexamination of the U.S. Design Patent No. 618,677, one of the key iPhone design patents in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit.

Apple develops new photo sharing system based on facial recognition

Apple develops new photo sharing system based on facial recognition

Apple has developed a new system that automatically shares images with friends that are recognized within them, a new patent application reveals. The system works in much the same way as Facebook’s new Moments app, and it makes sharing photos with friends and loved ones much simpler.

New Apple patents confirm continued interest in Liquidmetal materials

New Apple patents confirm continued interest in Liquidmetal materials

A pair of fresh patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week confirms Apple’s continued use of Liquidmetal. The Cupertino company is yet to employ Liquidmetal technologies for any salable products, but patents like these suggest it could do sometime in the future.

Apple is looking to bring back mixtape with a digital twist

Apple is looking to bring back mixtape with a digital twist

In this age of streaming music, mixtape has all but lost its charm. However, if Apple’s latest invention is anything to go by, the company might just bring back mixtape into the fashion once again but with a digital twist.

Future iPhones might be able to detect smudged displays

Future iPhones might be able to detect smudged displays

Apple today filed a patent that describes a patent which prevents the iPhone from turning off the display when it is smudged. 

Apple invents haptic stylus that enables us to feel onscreen textures

Apple invents haptic stylus that enables us to feel onscreen textures

A new Apple patent application submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outlines an intelligent new stylus that could help us feel onscreen textures on devices like the iPad. The stylus employs haptic technology, and could connect to devices by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Apple patents new Apple TV remote with fingerprint scanner, custom profiles

Apple patents new Apple TV remote with fingerprint scanner, custom profiles

A series of patents filed by Apple outline its plans to overhaul the Apple TV remote amid rumors of a major upgrade. The company hints at new features like built-in fingerprint scanners for custom profiles, and automated parental controls.

Apple patents new tap-based gesture for ‘nudging’ objects on mobile devices

Apple patents new tap-based gesture for ‘nudging’ objects on mobile devices

Apple has patented a new tap-based gesture system that would allow users to nudge the sides of their iPhone or iPad to interact with objects onscreen. The gesture could be used for a whole host of tasks, including selecting text letter by letter.