The latest patent application from Apple published by the US Patent & Trademark Office points to the company patenting a foldable display. Samsung has long been rumored to be working on its own foldable smartphone, though we have heard rumors about Apple working with LG on a foldable smartphone as well.
U.S. District Court Judge, Lucy Koh, who has been part of the Apple v Samsung lawsuit regarding design patent infringement has ordered that there should be a new trial to ascertain whether the quantum of the penalties awarded to Apple is adequate or if adjustments should be made to the amount. As it stands, Samsung is required to pay $399 million as damages for copying the iPhone’s design with a number of Samsung smartphones.
Apple has been fighting it out in the courtrooms for the past few years over a patent infringement case leveled by VirnetX. The company claimed that Apple was infringing on some of its patents with FaceTime and iMessage.
Apple has had another patent application surfaced, and this one indicates Apple is interested in even more health-related technology.
A new patent filed by Apple talks about how the company could automize strap adjustment based on fit and shape, rather than leave the choice to the users. This method will save users the trouble of finding the right fit, and also ensure that the device sensors interact correctly with the user’s hand.
An Apple patent that has come to light today talks about how an iPhone’s backlight can be strobed during music playback or while jogging as a safety feature. The first implementation discusses how the backlight can be set to strobe according to the music you’re playing. This strobing feature can also be used as a safety measure while you’re running in the dark with the phone tied to your arm.
New Apple Patent Describes Using the iPhone Front Camera and Sensors for Capturing Advanced Health Data
A new Apple patent spotted online talks about using the front facing camera, light sensor, and the proximity sensor to measure the health data of a user. The patent also provides provisions for more advanced implementations like embedding electrical contacts capable of measuring body fat or ECG (electrocardiogram).
Rumors have talked in great detail about Apple’s plans for augmented reality devices. A new patent that belongs to Metaio is giving further credence to the rumors. Metaio was bought by Apple in May earlier this year and has already transferred a handful of patents to the Cupertino giant since the acquisition.
Apple Patent Envisions Future AirPods with Selective Audio Passthrough Feature and Noise Cancellation
A new patent application from Apple describes how in the future AirPods might feature selective audio pass through feature. Titled “in-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system,” the patent describes Apple’s take on modern noise cancellation where selective external sounds can be drowned out or allowed to pass through.
Apple today was granted 54 patents covering a wide range of devices and features. The most interesting among them includes an iPhone dock featuring Siri support and wireless charging, a new way to call 911, and more.