Apple Patents

Apple granted patent for iPhone with flexible display that provides tactile feedback

Apple granted patent for iPhone with flexible display that provides tactile feedback

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent for a mobile device, such as a smartphone, that has a flexible display with internal components that provide tactile feedback to the user. The internal components would be positioned below the flexible display, such as a speaker, microphone or pressure sensor. 

Apple patent filing provides closer look at reversible USB connector

Apple patent filing provides closer look at reversible USB connector

Following last week’s leaked photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, which was subsequently shown off on video, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a second Apple patent filing related to reversible USB plugs. 

Apple granted major patent for multimode fingerprint reader

Apple granted major patent for multimode fingerprint reader

Earlier this afternoon, we reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a large portfolio of 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions. Following the curved touch panel patent, we now look at a major patent for an electronic device with a multimode fingerprint reader. 

Apple granted patent for curved touch panel that could be used for iWatch

Apple granted patent for curved touch panel that could be used for iWatch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions, including a curved touch panel that would likely be used for a wearable device like the oft-rumored iWatch or a similar fitness band.

Apple patent application suggests Touch ID could be headed to Macs

Apple patent application suggests Touch ID could be headed to Macs

With the release of the iPad Air 2 (and next-generation iPad mini with Retina display), one of the most common rumors is the inclusion of Touch ID. Now, a new patent could outline Apple’s broader plan for their secure feature.

Apple patent filing details mouse with force sensors and haptic feedback

Apple patent filing details mouse with force sensors and haptic feedback

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. 

Apple’s preemptive effort against VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit falls flat as judge denies motions

Apple’s preemptive effort against VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit falls flat as judge denies motions

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.

Apple’s predictive text input patent rejected in part by USPTO, Samsung may reap benefits

Apple’s predictive text input patent rejected in part by USPTO, Samsung may reap benefits

Apple’s $119.6 million win against Samsung earlier in 2014 is up in question again, as Samsung has informed District Court Judge Lucy Koh of certain elements of Apple’s patent used against them as being rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

iPhones could hide camera and flash in earpiece grille in future models

iPhones could hide camera and flash in earpiece grille in future models

Patent applications may not be a guaranteed way to find out what’s coming from a company anytime soon, but they can give pretty big hints at what is at least possible. In a new patent application, we could be seeing Apple moving one step closer to a notification light for iPhones.

‘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.