Another day and another round of patents that Apple has been awarded. This time we get to see a couple of new ideas for an iPhone accessory and a new interface for the Apple Watch.
Apple’s self-driving car program, known internally as Project Titan, might get an important upgrade over the coming iterations according to a new patent application. The USPTO application talks about alleviating motion sickness and boredom among users by using a combination of VR headsets and in-car metrics.
Apple’s patents might not be a clear indicator of what’s actually going to be a product anytime soon, but it does at least present a clear look at some of Apple’s lofty ideas.
Apple’s New Patent Discusses the Possibility of Replacing Physical Keyboards with Touch-Based Capacitive Keyboards
Apple has filed a new patent with the USPTO, detailing a capacitive keyboard that can work just like a physical keyboard. However, there are a few challenges to conquer before bringing this into fruition as Apple mentions in the patent filing. Apple recently talked about developing a crumb-resistant keyboard in a patent filing.
I still prefer the 2015 MacBook Pro as the latest MacBook Pros have two major problems, the dongle nightmare and the butterfly keyboard which is prone to problems due to dust and crumbs.
A new patent application from Apple points to a new keyboard structure featuring ingress protection thereby making it crumb/dust and liquid resistant to a certain degree. Apple envisions a keyboard or any other input device with a certain degree of protection by using membranes, gaskets, and even flaps to block gaps and prevent ingress of crumbs, liquid, and other dirt particles that usually find their way inside a keyboard.
When Apple (finally) introduced water resistance to the iPhone lineup, it was met with plenty of positive remarks. But there is still work that could be done to help make the iPhone safe around water.
Some third-party accessory makers have keyboards that offer a variety of buttons, either set in place or that can be mapped in some way or another, that can change their use cases based on the software they are working with.
The Apple Pencil has proven to be one of Apple’s best accessories, even if it is a bit restricted with only being usable with the iPad Pro lineup.
Just as Energous’ new WattUp Mid Field Transmitter gears up for CES, Apple is believed to be working on one of its own, according to two patents filed with the FCC. Interestingly, a rumor has previously talked about a possible collaboration of Apple with Energous, although nothing materialized. These patents could well be a hint of the rumored partnership, although no concrete details are available as of yet.