Apple, like many other companies, has quite a few patent applications out there, many of which can be used to take a look at what may be coming down the pipe for the company in future products. This particular application outlines iOS in a future where physical activity is a big focus.
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.Â
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.Â
Apple files for user behavior patent, suggesting future iPhones could have improved anti-theft measures
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a new patent filing on Thursday for an Apple invention that relates to notifications being generated based on changes in user behavior. It is possible that Apple could use this technology in a future iPhone so that the smartphone can recognize when it is being used differently and respond accordingly.Â
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with U.S. Patent No.Â 8,773,848 for a fusing process that joins multiple glass pieces together to create seamless, all-glass electronic device casings.Â The new housing structure could be used for smartphones, media players, televisions, computer monitors and other equipment,Â as outlined in the patent description.Â
A few new patents were published by the United StatesÂ Patent and Trademark OfficeÂ this morning which describe a variety of iPhone-controlled systems that Apple might useÂ to track the activityÂ and habits of the user via a variety of accessory sensors. Some of the more obvious potential here would be using a wearable device to track the user and adjust some everyday settings on the phone automatically.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent for aÂ sensor-laden device that attaches to a weightlifting bar for counting and displaying repetitions.Â The body bar sensing system may include a standalone display for showing the repetition count,Â providing moreÂ evidence thatÂ Apple is working on the oft-rumored iWatch set to unveil later this year.
Apple was granted a patent in February 2013 for solar panels integrated in portable devices,Â but it was mostly aimed at multimedia devices such as the iPod. Today, a new report says that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple an extended version of this patent, widening its scope to include devices with multitouch and flexible displays.