Apple Patents

‘Siri for Mac’ desktop digital assistant revealed in patent application

‘Siri for Mac’ desktop digital assistant revealed in patent application

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 granted patent for smart navigation system based on crowd-sourced stop light data

Apple granted patent for smart navigation system based on crowd-sourced stop light data

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent pertaining to a smart navigation system based on crowd-sourced traffic information, including when and how long motorists are at stop signs or stop lights. The information could then be used to predict delays attributable to the stop signs or lights and determine faster routes and departure time suggestions. 

Apple patent application outlines automatically switching iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ on or off based on activity level

Apple patent application outlines automatically switching iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ on or off based on activity level

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 filing hints at improved Touch ID on future iPhones, iPads

Apple patent filing hints at improved Touch ID on future iPhones, iPads

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. 

Apple patent filing reveals its continued interest in AMOLED displays

Apple patent filing reveals its continued interest in AMOLED displays

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. 

Apple granted comprehensive iWatch patent

Apple granted comprehensive iWatch patent

In what amounts to one of the more telling signs that Apple could be working on the so-called “iWatch” smartwatch, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with an exhaustive patent for an electronic wristwatch and various possible implementations of the device.

Apple files for user behavior patent, suggesting future iPhones could have improved anti-theft measures

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. 

Apple granted patent for fused glass housings, allowing for all-glass iOS devices

Apple granted patent for fused glass housings, allowing for all-glass iOS devices

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with U.S. Patent No. 8,773,848 for a fusing process that joins multiple glass pieces together to create seamless, all-glass electronic device casings. The new housing structure could be used for smartphones, media players, televisions, computer monitors and other equipment, as outlined in the patent description. 

New patents describe auto-adjustment of iPhone alarms and notifications using wearable sensors

New patents describe auto-adjustment of iPhone alarms and notifications using wearable sensors

A few new patents were published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office this morning which describe a variety of iPhone-controlled systems that Apple might use to track the activity 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.

Apple granted patent for iWatch-enabled weightlifting tracker

Apple granted patent for iWatch-enabled weightlifting tracker

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent for a sensor-laden device that attaches to a weightlifting bar for counting and displaying repetitions. The body bar sensing system may include a standalone display for showing the repetition count, providing more evidence that Apple is working on the oft-rumored iWatch set to unveil later this year.