The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second granted patent report of the day we focus on three patents. The first is Apple's third Smart Cover win, the second covers Apple's iPhone haptics the last one covers the iPhone's cover assembly. To round off our report, we list an additional nine granted patents with some interesting ones worth exploring.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first report of the day we focus on two patents. The first relates to a future cellular MacBook that will likely access 4G LTE data networks. Apple's second patent win relates to an MIMO antenna which Wikipedia states is an important part of modern wireless communication standards such as LTE. Whether this particular antenna will be used in Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5 or future cellular data ready MacBook is unknown at this time.
A Korean source is reporting this morning that Samsung Electronics has clearly stated this morning that they'll "sue Apple over its release of the iPhone 5 for infringing on its fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents." Major Report Update 10 AM MST
After Apple's victory over Samsung in a patent infringement case that ended last month, the Korean Times has been publishing a number of articles supporting Samsung. Some points are interesting, but like Samsung, they cling to the notion that Apple is an aggressor and, get this, a patent troll. The problem is that their source doesn't see it that way, at all.
While we've all read about Microsoft's next generation Xbox 720 gaming console coming to market in 2013, a recent Microsoft patent application reveals what Microsoft envisions for gaming beyond that point. On the drawing board is Microsoft's next generation immersive gaming environment – which is simply wild! This could really be a hit with die-hard gamers and with a little imagination you quickly realize just how cool this could be. First there was the Xbox, and then came Kinect and now the next great thing in gaming from Microsoft is on its way and we detail it all in our report.
Apple was granted two patents covering their earphones with remote and mic back in 2011. The first was granted in January and the second in March of that year, the very month and year that Samsung just happened to file for a patent that mirrors Apple's product. Is Samsung trying to copy Apple? You be the judge.
The Taiwan press was glad to report this morning that Eva Airways (EVA), Taiwan's second largest airline company was touted by Apple as a model to have successfully incorporated smart technology -- the iPad -- into flight services.According to the report, the Apple team came to Taiwan twice earlier in the year to profile EVA, which since 2011 has outfitted each of its 800 pilots and 200 cabin service managers with an iPad containing specially designed applications to deliver more real-time information.
On September 6, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new virtual controls that are in the works along with a new virtual instrument for a future version of GarageBand.
On September 6, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals some of the technology that is scheduled be integrated into cars from nine auto companies in the fall of 2013.
On September 6, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on virtual keyboards for both the iMac and MacBook. For the MacBook, such work could lead to a future hybrid notebook/eBook iDevice.
There's great news for gamers this morning. A new patent application published by the US Patent & Trademark Office published this morning clearly illustrates that Apple has been working on backside controls for the iPad specifically for controlling video games. Of course being Apple, the sensor based controls are positioned beneath the surface of the iPad so as to not to appear as hard buttons of yesteryear. Although Apple has already been granted a patent regarding backside controls for the iPad, we find that today's revelations build on this foundation with specifics aimed at video games.
During the Credit Suisse Asian Technology Conference held in Taipei today, Randy Abrams, Credit Suisse's head of equities research in Taiwan, stated that "Apple may place most processor orders using the advanced 20-nanometer technology to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. rather than Samsung" sometime in 2014.