Apple Patents

Apple granted a patent for ‘biometric sensing’ that could bring Touch ID to Macs

Apple granted a patent for ‘biometric sensing’ that could bring Touch ID to Macs

Touch ID is a huge feature for Apple these days, seeing as its a main point of security for iPhones and iPads, but it could be coming to Macs, too.

Apple patent describes new inductive charging technology for iPhone

Apple patent describes new inductive charging technology for iPhone

Apple has devised a new method of bringing inductive charging to the iPhone without installing additional hardware. The technology makes use of existing electrical coils already baked into components like speakers, microphones, and haptic engines.

Apple patents smart ring with motion sensors, haptic feedback, cameras and more

Apple patents smart ring with motion sensors, haptic feedback, cameras and more

Remember that Apple “iRing” rumor that we all thought was crazy? Well, a new patent application confirms Apple really has been working on a new wearable for fingers, which is filled with motion sensors, tiny cameras, a haptic feedback system, and more.

Apple patents animated maps that could be activated by 3D Touch

Apple patents animated maps that could be activated by 3D Touch

Apple has patented a new way in which it could utilize 3D Touch in the future to bring animated maps to life. The patent describes how its Maps service could one day display moving water, shorelines, foliage, and more.

Apple invents slimmer headphone jack for thinner iOS devices

Apple invents slimmer headphone jack for thinner iOS devices

Apple has invented a new headphone jack that could allow future iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices to become even slimmer. The new jack employs a reshaped plug that looks similar to existing 3.5mm options at first glance.

Apple patent details pressure-sensitive earbuds for customized sound

Apple patent details pressure-sensitive earbuds for customized sound

A new Apple patent reveals the Cupertino company’s work on pressure-sensitive earbuds that are capable of customizing sound output to better suit the user’s ear size. The earbuds are designed to adjust a range of frequencies to provide an optimal sound experience for all.

Apple has applied for a patent for a fuel cell system that could power a MacBook for weeks

Apple has applied for a patent for a fuel cell system that could power a MacBook for weeks

The standby time of a laptop is pretty solid for most devices, while some high-end options can still track their battery life with real world usage in a matter of hours.

Apple patents smart smoke detection system for iPhone and other devices

Apple patents smart smoke detection system for iPhone and other devices

Apple is exploring the possibility of adding a smart smoke detection system to the iPhone, iPad, and other devices, a new patent reveals. The feature is designed to alert users to potentially dangerous situations and provide them with helpful information.

Apple explores bone conduction noise cancelling tech for improved earphones

Apple explores bone conduction noise cancelling tech for improved earphones

A new Apple patent reveals the Cupertino company’s exploration of bone conduction noise cancelling technology that could make its way into future EarPods. Apple explains how the technology could be used to improve voice communications.

Apple’s ‘swipe-to-unlock’ patent rejected by German court, says method didn’t reach a level of sophistication needed to award patent protection

Apple’s ‘swipe-to-unlock’ patent rejected by German court, says method didn’t reach a level of sophistication needed to award patent protection

The top civil court in Germany has ruled against Apple in patenting the company’s now renowned ‘swipe-to-unlock’ gesture. The court stated in its ruling that the patent is not sophisticated enough to be awarded a patent protection.