Apple Patents

Apple patent describes ‘woven display’ created using fabric for Apple Watch bands, MacBook chassis and more

Apple patent describes ‘woven display’ created using fabric for Apple Watch bands, MacBook chassis and more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent from Apple that describes using light-transmissive materials like nylon to create a woven display for Apple Watch, MacBooks and more.

Apple patent reveals work on 3D color printer

Apple patent reveals work on 3D color printer

Apple has been developing a 3D printer capable of producing colored objects, according to a new patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Unlike most of days 3D printers, Apple’s uses two heads that allow for the creation of multicolored models.

Apple patents iPhone port shutters that protect against liquid damage

Apple patents iPhone port shutters that protect against liquid damage

Apple’s pursuit of more robust mobile devices has led it to invent a novel shutter system for devices like the iPhone, which protects its ports from liquid damage. The shutters automatically block the holes for the iPhone’s speaker, microphone, and Lightning port to stop liquid entering the device.

Apple invents iPhone bumper that automatically deploys protective shock absorbers

Apple invents iPhone bumper that automatically deploys protective shock absorbers

Apple has invented an automated iPhone bumper system that doubles as a flotation device, with retractable shock absorbers made from buoyant materials. The invention is detailed in a patent that was first published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week.

Apple’s patent filing details gesture-controlled tables already found in some retail stores

Apple’s patent filing details gesture-controlled tables already found in some retail stores

Apple apparently won’t stop until just about every aspect of its stores is advanced in some way or another, and that extends to the tables, too.

Apple patents iPhone ‘panic mode’ activated by Touch ID

Apple patents iPhone ‘panic mode’ activated by Touch ID

Apple has patented a new “panic mode” for iPhone that users can activate by scanning a certain fingerprint with Touch ID. The feature is intended to lock down the iPhone and all of its data in the event that its user is forced to unlock it, and could help identify a thief.

Apple patents Force Touch keyboard without physical switches

Apple patents Force Touch keyboard without physical switches

Apple’s Force Touch technology, which is already available inside its latest Magic Trackpad 2, could soon replace the physical switches inside its future keyboards, according to a new patent. The move could give keys multiple uses, depending on how much pressure is applied to them.

Apple’s latest patent application details retractable motorized screen protector

Apple’s latest patent application details retractable motorized screen protector

For anyone that has dropped their phone over a hard surface, that familiar feeling of time slowing down just before impact might be a thing of the past if Apple has its way.

Apple patents multi-purpose iPad stand, environmental sensor tech

Apple patents multi-purpose iPad stand, environmental sensor tech

Apple has designed a multi-purpose iPad stand that could allow the device to be used in a variety of new ways throughout different environments. The Cupertino company has also invented a new environmental sensor array that could one day be integrated into devices like the iPhone.

Apple granted a patent for ‘biometric sensing’ that could bring Touch ID to Macs

Apple granted a patent for ‘biometric sensing’ that could bring Touch ID to Macs

Touch ID is a huge feature for Apple these days, seeing as its a main point of security for iPhones and iPads, but it could be coming to Macs, too.