Following last week’s leaked photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, which was subsequently shown off on video, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a second Apple patent filing related to reversible USB plugs.
Earlier this afternoon, we reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a large portfolio of 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions. Following the curved touch panel patent, we now look at a major patent for an electronic device with a multimode fingerprint reader.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions, including a curved touch panel that would likely be used for a wearable device like the oft-rumored iWatch or a similar fitness band.
In 2011, VirnetX sued Apple with allegations that FaceTime violated the former company’s communications patents. Ultimately, in 2012, the judge ruled that Apple would pay $368.2 million for infringing on the specific patents. Apple is now preparing to defend itself yet again against the same company, and the Cupertino-based company has just received a series of setbacks even before the trial begins.
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.