LiDAR sensors first appeared on iPad Pro, and Apple recently extended it to the iPhone 12 Pro. So far, we have seen limited applications of LiDAR sensor. However, Apple is working on some exciting applications for the LiDAR sensors. A new patent reveals how Apple will use LiDAR sensors on Apple Glass and help users see low-light environments.
It is no secret that smartphone manufacturers are coming up with new and improved smartphones with foldable displays. Samsung already offers Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Z Flip foldable display smartphones. Previous patent applications have indicated that Apple, too, might be working on a foldable iPhone. A new patent describes how the foldable iPhone could “heal” itself from wear and tear during use.
Apple introduced the nano-texture glass as an optional add on for Pro Display XDR. Apple is researching ways in which it can implement nano-texture glass anti-reflective on the iPhone and iPad. A newly discovered patent details how Apple is planning to use nano-texture glass on smaller devices like the iPhone and iPad.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a total of 77 new patents for Apple. One of the interesting patent details a slew of new safety features for AirPods Pro. The list includes safety features and a rather outlandish exercise mat fitted with sensors. The patent details an AirPods Pro feature that takes into account speed and velocity to alert users of impending danger.
The current generation Mac trackpad features a glass surface and offers haptic touch. Apple’s latest patent details a new, completely virtual trackpad that will be backlit. Trackpad has changed a lot in the past several years, and the latest virtual trackpad will open up to new features.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, it has become immensely important to keep your smartphone and smartwatch clean. However, these devices can also become dirty and grimy from the inside, and there’s no way to clean them by yourself. Hence, Apple is working on a way to keep the internals of the Apple Watch, iPhone, and other devices automatically using tiny sensors.
Apple has released two versions of AirPods—AirPods and AirPods Pro—and it has plans to launch high-end over-the-ear headphones with various interesting features. The company could also be working on more audio products, including the one which has bone conduction technology for improved audio, as per a new patent.
Its no secret that Apple is working on its own AR/VR headset. The device has been confirmed multiple times through code snippets in iOS 13 internal builds and it should make its debut to the public next year. While it is clear that Apple is working on its AR/VR headset, there’s no clarity on how it will exactly work. A recently discovered patent application from Apple could just give us a hint at this though.
Apple is rumored to launch its first AR glasses sometime in 2022 or later, and the company has been developing a lot of ideas and technologies for the device. The Cupertino-based firm is trying to make it as light and comfortable to wear as possible while offering relatively sharper visuals. But that’s not it. The company has come up with another interesting idea for AR glasses: relaying AR screen on an iPhone for improved privacy.