Apple Patents

Apple files patent for ‘hotspot device’ that could make the Apple Watch even more useful

Apple files patent for ‘hotspot device’ that could make the Apple Watch even more useful

An Apple patent tends to crop up pretty frequently, and sometimes it details something that many people want to see become a real product.

Apple patent hints at new home button that can act as a tiny touchpad

Apple patent hints at new home button that can act as a tiny touchpad

Apart from the introduction of Touch ID with the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple’s home button on iOS devices has hardly changed over the years. But a new patent suggests the Cupertino company is working on a big upgrade that could turn it into a tiny touchpad and more.

OpenTV initiates lawsuit against Apple, claims iTunes infringes five separate patents

OpenTV initiates lawsuit against Apple, claims iTunes infringes five separate patents

Apple is no stranger to the courtroom, on both sides of the story, and now the Cupertino-based is facing yet another patent-focused lawsuit.

Apple granted five more patents related to the Apple Watch

Apple granted five more patents related to the Apple Watch

After being granted patents on three different bands for the Apple Watch last month, Apple has now been granted five design patents related to the smartwatch.

New Apple patents explain ‘particle cloud’ pairing method used for Apple Watch

New Apple patents explain ‘particle cloud’ pairing method used for Apple Watch

If you’ve already got your hands on an Apple Watch, you’ll be familiar with its unique set up process, which simply requires you to point your iPhone’s camera at a pattern on its screen to marry the two together. Now two new Apple patents could explain the magic behind the whole thing.

Apple patent hints at future iPhones with two rear-facing cameras

Apple patent hints at future iPhones with two rear-facing cameras

We’ve seen smartphones with two rear-facing cameras before; last year’s HTC One M8 is the first that springs to mind, and the company’s old Evo 3D used two sensors for snapping 3D images. According to a new Apple patent, future iPhones could get them, too, to bring you better photos.

Apple earns patent for depth mapping technology for 3D interfaces

Apple earns patent for depth mapping technology for 3D interfaces

On April 7, it was revealed that Apple had earned a patent for controlling certain interface elements on a machine with gesture controls.

Apple looks to add a human touch to voice directions in Maps

Apple looks to add a human touch to voice directions in Maps

Apple is looking to make voice directions in Maps feel more natural as if they were being provided by a real human, a new patent application shows. The company hopes to do away with vague instructions that can be unhelpful and confusing to drivers.

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.