The latest patent granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hints at the company working on a future variant of the Magic Mouse with integrated force touch sensors. Apple first introduced Force Touch with its 13″ 2015 MacBook refresh. Since then, the company has introduced this feature to the 15-inch MacBook, with the feature coming to the iPhone in the form of 3D Touch.
It’s a patent-filled day, apparently, as another patent application outlines how Apple has toyed with the idea of making single ports a little safer.
Apple has a lot of patent applications, detailing a lot of ideas, but this latest patent app is one of the more interesting ones.
The Apple Watch is a handy personal device, offering up plenty of features in a small frame, but it looks like Apple wants to make the bands even better, too.
Apple Granted Patent for Stackable Smart Connector That Allows for Multiple Accessories to Connect at Once
Apple has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “Stackable magnetically-retained connector interface”, which describes a method through which two or more accessories can connect to an iOS device at the same time using the Smart Connector that Apple first introduced on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple has been ramping up its own in-house mapping efforts ever since it ditched Google Maps for its stock maps app and went with its own service instead.
Apple has patented a new urgent care system for Apple Watch that could send an alert to friends or family when it detects that the user requires medical attention. It is capable of monitoring vital signs to detect heart problems and more.
In the future, at some point, it’s expected that Apple will use an OLED display. But now rumblings are growing that it could mean a wraparound display, too.
What Apple is doing with its in-ear earbuds, or EarPods, remains a mystery, but the general consensus at this point is that the company is, at the very least, ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in the upcoming “iPhone 7.”