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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.