Apple Patents

Apple’s clip-on iPhone controller and keyboard detailed in new patent

Apple’s clip-on iPhone controller and keyboard detailed in new patent

While you’ll find a ton of third-party game controllers and keyboards for the iPhone these days, a new Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests the company may have been close to launching a number of solutions of its own.

Apple earns patents for smarter Smart Covers that offer contextual information

Apple earns patents for smarter Smart Covers that offer contextual information

It’s Apple patent season, as another recently published offering indicates that Apple has at least toyed with the idea of making its Smart Covers offer more for the user.

Safari for iOS, Time Machine and Cover Flow targeted in new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple

Safari for iOS, Time Machine and Cover Flow targeted in new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple

Patents are one way for a company to lock down an idea. Unfortunately, sometimes patents are also a surefire way to get a lawsuit filed against you.

Apple granted patent on an advanced eye and gaze-tracking graphical user interface

Apple granted patent on an advanced eye and gaze-tracking graphical user interface

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for “Systems and methods for counteracting a perceptual fading of a movable indicator.”

Apple patent application showcases an iPhone Home button that can transform into gaming joystick

Apple patent application showcases an iPhone Home button that can transform into gaming joystick

Another day, another Apple patent application. This one is focused on the iPhone’s Home button, and a little bit of evolutionary steps to make it step out of its comfort zone.

Apple earns patent for GoPro-like camera system

Apple earns patent for GoPro-like camera system

Apple patents very rarely actually detail a system that’s coming down the pipe soon, or even “somewhat soon,” but they’re certainly a good way to see the ideas that Apple is at least toying around with.

Rockstar Consortium sells patent portfolio for $900 million

Rockstar Consortium sells patent portfolio for $900 million

The Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium has announced on Tuesday, December 23, that it has sold the remainder of its patent portfolio.

Apple looking into enhanced Touch ID security by tracking finger movement

Apple looking into enhanced Touch ID security by tracking finger movement

Touch ID, which utilizes the fingerprint of a user to secure one’s device, may be secure enough for most people, and Apple included, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be improved.

Apple files patent for flexible display that provides tactile feedback similar to Apple Watch

Apple files patent for flexible display that provides tactile feedback similar to Apple Watch

One of the defining features of the Apple Watch, “Force Touch,” could be getting a slight tweak for larger displays if a patent is any indication of the future.

Apple awarded patent for 3D iPhone user interface with motion gestures

Apple awarded patent for 3D iPhone user interface with motion gestures

Three-dimensional user interfaces have been the boon of science-fiction stories for quite some time, but as of yet the system hasn’t really taken off in the real world.