Dreams of an iPhone without bezels just took a step closer to reality after Apple was granted a patent for a new Touch ID sensor that can be embedded within a display. One of the inventions, which uses ultrasonic imaging, would be even more reliable than today’s scanners.
It’s been a busy day for Apple and patents, with the company setting its sights on an even smart cover for the iPad Pro, and facing yet another patent infringement lawsuit from a court in Las Vegas.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent on a ‘Smart’ Cover that is significantly more smarter than the existing Smart Cover for the iPad Pro. The patent describes a smart cover with a built-in display that can be used to further extend the display of the iPad.
Sending messages, either through messaging services or standard texts, has become the standard these days, so we’ve all experienced autocorrect in one way or another.
Apple has patented a new design for hybrid headphones with wired and wireless connections that won’t drop audio when switching between the two. The headphones could be the perfect accessory for a future iPhone that ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.
If you want a smartphone with an optical zoom lens, you have to settle for a bulky device with a huge hump in its back. But a new Apple invention for a compact telephoto lens that folds away when not in use could change that for future iPhones.
The latest patent granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hints at the company working on a future variant of the Magic Mouse with integrated force touch sensors. Apple first introduced Force Touch with its 13″ 2015 MacBook refresh. Since then, the company has introduced this feature to the 15-inch MacBook, with the feature coming to the iPhone in the form of 3D Touch.
It’s a patent-filled day, apparently, as another patent application outlines how Apple has toyed with the idea of making single ports a little safer.
Apple has a lot of patent applications, detailing a lot of ideas, but this latest patent app is one of the more interesting ones.