Apple Patents

Apple patents iPhone camera with 3 sensors for better low-light performance

Apple patents iPhone camera with 3 sensors for better low-light performance

Apple is sometimes criticized for its decision to stick with an 8-megapixel camera sensor for the last four iPhones, but a new patent suggests it is working on a revolutionary new module consisting of three sensors that could improve low-light performance and color accuracy.

Apple patents an iPhone dock with a built-in display, touchpad, and inductive charging

Apple patents an iPhone dock with a built-in display, touchpad, and inductive charging

iPhone and iPad docks could be about to get much more exciting according to a new Apple patent. The company has designed a docking device with a built-in display, touchpad, inductive charging, and lots more that could change the way you use your iOS devices at your desk.

Apple looking to waterproof its future devices using hydrophobic coating and silicone seals

Apple looking to waterproof its future devices using hydrophobic coating and silicone seals

A patent filed by Apple in March 2014 was revealed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, which contains details about the company’s effort to waterproof its devices using hydrophobic coating. The patent contains “methods for shielding electronic components from moisture.”

Apple awarded patent that could help Maps users avoid areas with weak cellular signal

Apple awarded patent that could help Maps users avoid areas with weak cellular signal

Using a mapping service to get from somewhere to somewhere else usually means trying to find the best, or quickest, route.

Apple patents new screen and app sharing method for iOS

Apple patents new screen and app sharing method for iOS

While screen sharing for collaboration has become a popular function on desktops, it still hasn’t made its way to our mobile devices. But a new Apple patent suggests the company is working on a new screen and data sharing method for iPhones and iPads.

New Apple patent hints at 3D virtual keyboard that allows for mid-air typing

New Apple patent hints at 3D virtual keyboard that allows for mid-air typing

Following Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense back in November 2013, a new patent indicates it could be working on a new type of virtual keyboard that would allow users to type in mid-air using a Kinect-like 3D camera system.

Apple gets patent for a headset that turns iPhone into a virtual reality display

Apple gets patent for a headset that turns iPhone into a virtual reality display

The USPTO has granted Apple a new patent for “Head-Mounted Display APparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display.” The patent describes that an iPhone can be used to act as a display of a headset that is worn by user’s on their head. 

Touch ID embedded in touchscreen displays hinted at in new Apple patent

Touch ID embedded in touchscreen displays hinted at in new Apple patent

Apple’s Touch ID is one of the strongest new features of its mobile devices, including iPads, and offers up a new level of security and ease of use while making purchases or even signing into some apps.

Apple patent hints at future roadside assistance right from an iPhone

Apple patent hints at future roadside assistance right from an iPhone

Smartphones are much more than just phones these days, and as companies continue to come up with ideas to make them even more broad in their use cases, the mobile devices will become even more important to have on us at all times.

Apple’s clip-on iPhone controller and keyboard detailed in new patent

Apple’s clip-on iPhone controller and keyboard detailed in new patent

While you’ll find a ton of third-party game controllers and keyboards for the iPhone these days, a new Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests the company may have been close to launching a number of solutions of its own.