On April 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a round of eleven original patent applications from Apple today excluding 15 continuation patent filings. In this report we cover two patent applications relating to Apple's "Maps" App, a new buckling shock mounting system to better resist mechanical shock and a list of five others covering matters such as data transfers using the Low Energy Bluetooth standard and battery technologies.
Apple Working on New Alternative Navigation Route System for "Maps" App
Apple's invention generally relates to displaying a number of calculated navigation routes for their "Maps" App. Each route may be highlighted in a manner that allows each route to be easily differentiated. For example, each route may be identified with different color or highlighting schemes and/or may be identified by an unobtrusive callout. As disclosed herein, a callout refers to a marker that provides identifying information about a particular route.
According to some embodiments, a user may choose a particular route from a number of displayed routes. Routes may be selected by tapping a touch-sensitive screen display in the area along a particular route and/or the area over the callout associated with a particular route or using any other suitable method, including using a mouse, keyboard, or voice-recognition input mechanism. When a particular route has been selected, the other routes may still be displayed, though less prominently.
For example, prior to a route being selected, all available calculated routes may be highlighted with bright colors. Once a particular route has been selected, the highlight colors for the unselected routes can change to more subdued tones. Furthermore, any callouts associated with unselected routes may be removed, faded, made smaller, or otherwise de-emphasized once a particular route has been chosen. Similarly, the selected route may be displayed more prominently than it was prior to being selected.
Apple's patent FIG. 7 noted below shows an illustrative screen shot of an iPhone that includes a screen route priority menu, callout display menu. The route priority menu contains options that can allow the iPhone to calculate navigational routes according to a user's preferences.
A user can rank options in the route priority list according to their relative importance to the user. For example, the menu shows Min. Distance as the number one ranked option and Min. Time as the second. However, a user may choose to reorder the list. To reorder the list, a user may, for instance, tap and hold an option and drag it to the desired position in the menu. A user may also choose to uncheck any of the options in order to remove that option from route calculations.
Various "Maps" Related Patent Figures
For more on this, see patent application 20130103313 that was filed on June 01, 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Unless you're an avid "Maps" user, it's difficult to tell what's already been added to the current "Maps" app and what's coming to the application in the future.
Systems and Methods for Printing Maps and Directions
A secondary patent application related to Apple's "Maps" app surfaced today that is titled "Systems and Methods for Printing Maps and Directions."
Buckling Shock Mounting
Apple has filed a new patent application relating to a buckling shock mounting.
Apple states that electronic devices commonly include components that may be negatively impacted by mechanical shock. In some cases, mechanical shock may render a component inoperable and, in some cases, prevent the device from properly operating.
As many of today's electronic devices are handheld or portable, the likelihood that a particular device gets dropped at some point during its useful life is relatively high. As such, shock absorbers have been implemented to help decrease the impact of mechanical shock experienced by certain components. Conventional shock absorbers, however, may be generally incapable of providing a desired amount of cushion against shock. Further, they may not provide adequate support to hold the component in a desired position within a housing of the devices.
Apple's invention relates to a buckling shock mounting system that may take the form of a plurality of panels oriented uprightly within a plane to form at least one geometric shape. The plurality of panels is made of a uniform material and each of the panels is configured to buckle when a threshold amount of force is applied perpendicularly to the plane.
Apple's patent FIG. 3 noted above illustrates the shock absorber when force is applied causing the panels 104 to buckle. In some cases, the direction of buckling may be by design, while in other embodiments, the direction of buckling may occur at random. As such, some panels may buckle inwardly and other outwardly. In some embodiments, all panels may buckle in the same direction.
The invention could apply to a camera, a display, a hard disk drive, a speaker, a microphone, a printed circuit board, or other such component. For more on this see patent application 20130100591.
Other Apple Patents that were Published Today
Patent Application 20130101893: High-Voltage Lithium Polymer Batteries for Portable Electronic Devices
Patent Application 20130103965: Accessory and Host Battery Synchronization
Patent Application 20130102251: Data Transfer using Bluetooth Low Energy Standard
Patent Application 20130103942: System and Method for Pseudo-Random Polymorphic Tree Construction
Patent Application 20130104239: System and Method for Obfuscating Data using Instructions as a Source of Pseudorandom Values
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