The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing for a mouse with haptic feedback and at least one force sensor that measures the amount of force applied to the main button.
In 2011, VirnetX sued Apple with allegations that FaceTime violated the former company’s communications patents. Ultimately, in 2012, the judge ruled that Apple would pay $368.2 million for infringing on the specific patents. Apple is now preparing to defend itself yet again against the same company, and the Cupertino-based company has just received a series of setbacks even before the trial begins.
As Apple continues to bridge the gap between their desktop platform, OS X, and their mobile operating system, iOS, it seems like a matter of time before more features bleed over between the two. In a new patent application published on Thursday, Apple apparently has plans to bring their digital personal assistant, Siri, over to the Mac in the future.
Apple patent application outlines automatically switching iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ on or off based on activity level
It has been rumored over the past several months that Apple will make improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint scanner found on the iPhone 5s, in addition to expanding the security feature to a wider range of iOS devices. A new Apple patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears to corroborate those claims.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for OLED displays with “variable optical path length,” confirming the iPhone maker’s continued interest in the next-generation display technology. Apple has at least three other OLED-related inventions credited to its name through the USPTO.