In 2010,Â Apple signed an agreement with LiquidMetal TechnologiesÂ to get exclusive access to the firmâ€™s proprietary â€śamorphous metal alloys,â€ť often referred to as â€śmetallic glassâ€ť. Apple has explored the use of the material in the iPhone 3G, and continues to do so, as revealed in a group of patent filings recently published.
The iPhone camera includes image stabilisation that takes photos in quick succession and combines the images so as to minimise motion. But this solution is software-based, and Apple soon plans on moving away from this approach toÂ optical image stabilisation (OIS) as detailed in a new patent application.
People familiar with the matter claim that members of the Rockstar Consortium are looking to sell some of the patents it acquired from bankrupt communications company Nortel. The group paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for this intellectual property.
A new Apple patent filing reveals Appleâ€™s future ambitions for its iBeacon microlocation technology. The patent, titledÂ â€śAccessory control with geo-fencingâ€ť, details a system that pairs a vehicle accessory with an iOS device, and sets up a geofence around it to unlock or control vehicle functions.