On June 28, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a system and method to improve image edge discoloration. Yet at the heart of the patent, Apple states that "some embodiments of the LCD panel may be a model of the Retina display, available from Apple Inc." So if you want to know the lowdown on Apple's Resolutionary display, or at least certain aspects of this magical beast, it's now here for you to feast your eyes on.
On June 28, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple covering GarageBand, multiple camera sensors for iDevices, new optical display coatings and more. The US Patent Office has yet to publish the patent graphics for the patents we cover today. When they do, we'll update our report accordingly. Apple's dearth of patent applications now runs five straight weeks. Where oh where are Apple's talented engineers of late? This is the longest running patent drought since Patently Apple has covered Apple's patents.
According to Focus Taiwan, Apple has opened its iTunes online store to Taiwan, Hong Kong and 10 other Asian countries Wednesday in a broad push to sell music and video to more users in its fastest growing markets. Up until now only the Apple App Store has been available. The new iTunes online store will also service fans in Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos. This should be a huge positive to Apple's bottom line for Q4 2012. In other news, DigiTimes reports that upstream supply chain sees no signs of Apple starting mass production of new iPhone in July contrary to recent rumors.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 27 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second and final granted patent report of the day we cover the original iPhone acoustic testing device, an iPod touch industrial design with a twist and an interesting new iOS device unlock feature never seen before. To wrap up our report, we list eight other patents in our final wrap up section that covers such things as shared multiband antennas and secure device configuration profiles.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 27 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first patent report of the day we cover a pair of Apple patents that could be fuel for future litigation regarding iOS functionality relating to scrolling lists, rotating and resizing content on multi-touch displays. Another patent win covers an iOS docking station based on inductive charging that has yet to surface. Perhaps this granted patent opens the door for its release in the not-too-distant future. To wrap up our report, we list eight other patents in our final wrap up section that covers such things as an uninterrupted virtual private network (VPN) connection service and a light sensitive display.
On June 21, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of utility centric patent applications from Apple that cover security, display luminance, flash memory, mobile device simulation and more. In the big picture, the vast majority of Apple's annual patent-count is derived from utility patents. These are the kinds of patents that take care of all the tiniest of details behind Apple's most popular products, processes and manufacturing. They might not represent the visionary side of Apple, but they sure keep the trains running on time. They're also part of Apple's legendary and fanatical detailing process that goes into every upgrade and next generation product. On the flipside, we sure hope that Apple's creative and visionary side reemerges because the volume of patents of late in that area have been nothing shy of anemic. Here's to hoping that Apple is in the process of changing gears and inventing their next generation of knock-out products for us to enjoy.
Apple trademark applications pertaining to their new iOS 6 applications and icons have surfaced in Canada this week. The trademark applications include those for Guided Access, Apple's new Maps icon with a turn-by-turn reference, Flyover and Passbook (name and icon). Our brief report presents the new icons and more.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, trading as Foxconn, is the manufacturer behind Apple's iPhone and iPad in addition to manufacturing the Xbox for Microsoft and the Playstation for Sony. On Monday, Hon Hai's chairman Terry Gou told China Times flat-out that he urges "consumers to wait for the launch of the iPhone 5," saying that "the new model will put Samsung's Galaxy III to Shame."
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first report posted this morning we covered a major patent relating to an Anti-Big Brother surveillance patent. In our second report we mainly cover two of Apple's granted patents. The first relates to methods and iOS user interfaces for on-device search functionality. The second relates to mobile device aided navigation technology. The latter represents Apple's humble beginnings into what has become turn-by-turn functionality that is coming to iOS 6 natively later this year. To top off our report, we cover a few industrial design wins for Apple and provide you with a list of ten additional patents in our final wrap up section for your review.
One of the most surprising patents ever to be granted to Apple has been made public today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. It is one of the most interesting patents that I have ever read. It reads like a science fiction novel borrowing from George Orwell's 1949 book titled "Nineteen Eighty-Four." It also has shades of the 1982 movie the "Blade Runner," where the Master Cloner invents a method of implanting false memories into clones so as to provide them with a confident self-image. It also borrows from the movie "The Matrix," where fooling the bots of your presence was an everyday means of survival. Apple's patent is about saving your online identity from what they describe as the "Little Brothers Dataveillance." It's about a method of assisting users to keep their personal information hidden in a Cyberworld that is constantly building a profile on them. It appears that Apple will be able to "save us" from these Little Brothers in the future and it looks as though they're going to execute this via your iCloud ID. Today's report is deliberately lengthy so that you don't miss a detail of Apple's very important anti-big brother surveillance patent. This is really wild stuff.
In May we reported on Fujitsu developing an in-vehicle navigation system that will use Apple's iPhone. Today we're reporting on a wild inductively-powered ring that works in conjunction with Fujitsu's developing sensor network system; A system that ties into a new application that is being designed for Apple's iPhone. If you thought that the iPhone only ran tiny commercial apps and games, think again. This system is mind boggling and covers many possible applications including healthcare monitoring of patients, environmental and habitat monitoring, military and homeland security surveillance and more. Due to the fact that this is a Fujitsu patent application, our report only provides you with a basic overview of this new system.
Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has filed a patent in Korea relating to Radial Menus that could apply to both OS X and iOS as is illustrated in our cover graphic. Apple states that their invention is "directed towards the presentation of menu or toolbar options in a graphical user interface. Specifically, the invention is directed towards presenting these options in a radial form." This is Apple's second patent application regarding this particular form of presenting menus and/or toolbars, though they have others that borrow from this theme that we link to in our report.