Copycats just can't help themselves. It's an addiction to want to be so much like their competitor that they'll do anything to blur the lines between their competing products. They'll resort to ripping off their competitors whenever possible and/or just repeat the lie loud enough that they're the inventor of something - just to give the public the distinct impression that it's actually theirs. Recently Google has tried to mimic the MacBook Pro with Retina to blur the lines and now they're thinking of adding presence technology to their Chromebook Pixel. The problem is that they just ripped off one of Apple's granted patent figures to an embarrassing point that you have to see for yourself. I appreciate Google for their efforts on Google Glass and other projects – but let's get real here. Sometimes copying is like getting a pie in your face. You just look stupid. Even Google could do better than that.
On July 18, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to the field of image processing. More particularly, but not by way of limitation, it relates to techniques for determining an orientation of an image via the use of image processing techniques, such as face detection and optical character detection (OCD). In a nutshell, Apple's patent covers improved techniques for device display orientation that are in the works.
On July 18, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the technology behind their new fingerprint sensor which will be used in a future fingerprint scanner for the iPhone and possibly other iDevices and Macs. The technology revealed is from Apple's acquired AuthenTec. Apple's interest in fingerprint scanners for the iPhone and Mac first surfaced in a 2009 patent application. Apple's project was then advanced in 2012 illustrating that a fingerprint scanner could be combined with face or eye recognition (or Retina recognition) to enhance security needs. Then in May of this year, Apple revealed yet another patent filing describing a fingerprint scanner that could be concealed beneath a touchscreen and only surface when needed in a particular application. One of Apple's last patent filings on this subject matter revealed that a fingerprint scanner could also be hidden within a future MacBook or an iDevice bezel. Apple appears to be covering every conceivable application for a future fingerprint scanner. At the end of the day, the race is on to find new authentication methods that will provide users with a secure e-commerce transaction process within their hardware while simplifying the user login process. Today we get to the heart of the actual technology behind Apple's future fingerprint sensor/scanner.
The Wall Street Journal has a report out this morning titled "Smartphone Upgrades Slow as 'Wow' Factor Fades." The report states that "the rates at which American cellphone users have traded in their devices for more advanced models have declined over the last few years. Last year the decline was 9% and industry analysts see this trend continuing this year. The report goes on to state that consumers are looking for 'Wow' features to motivate them to upgrade. The PC sector is likewise under the same pressure with sales rapidly in decline. In the bigger picture, the tech industry as a whole is in the middle of a massive shift from a central home computer to the ubiquitous computer era. While change of this magnitude takes time to work its way to market, it seems that we're about to see yet another wave of exciting innovation come our way in 2014.
Apple was granted a patent for a media centric Spiral UI for iTunes and beyond back in October 2012. Apple has several other patent pending designs on this future user interface that some have reported could be used for a future wearable's computer from Apple. Apple also just received a design patent for the Mac mini just two weeks ago as well as back in 2011 in addition to winning a patent for technical aspects of the Mac mini. But intellectual property means little to a psychopathic copycat designers like Samsung who are rewarded by the slow paced legal system in copying whatever it can before any punishment ever reaches them. Today, the US Patent Office granted Samsung two designs patents that mirror Apple's very own patented Mac mini and Spiral user interface.
According to an Israeli website, Apple has become one of the leading tech companies in Israel with three R&D centers employing 300-400 employees. Apple's first acquisition of an Israeli company happened in 2011 snatching up Anovit Herzliya, a Flash storage company for $390 million. Apple's Israeli centers are currently working on next generation wireless technologies for iDevices in the field of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Yet the bigger news is that Apple's Tel Aviv research center is reportedly working on sensing technologies specializing in three - dimensional analysis of body and facial movements and conversion of computer activity.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to a self-adapting haptic device, a virtual tools application and a auto exposure for iOS cameras. We close out our report with a list of the remaining granted patents that were granted today.
In April we reported that "Apple's new Fingerprint Sensor may be the Culprit Holding back the iPhone 5S." Today, DigiTimes is reporting that poor yields of fingerprint-recognition chips and LCD driver ICs will likely force Apple to reduce shipments of the rumored iPhone 5S, which is slated for launch in September 2013, according to industry sources.
Samsung: Apple loves me, they love me not; they love me, but not too much. Rumors are sometimes useless, sometimes factual and sometimes they're politically motivated to counter a rumor that has been notably damaging to a company's reputation. For instance, last week we posted a report titled "Samsung is about to Experience the Apple Tsunami!" Today, DigiTimes supports that position of Samsung losing Apple's chip business and that Samsung is scrambling to find new clients. At the very same time a contradictory rumor has surfaced claiming that all is well with Apple and Samsung and that Samsung will resume their chip business with Apple in 2015.
Two stories that caught our eye this week that we didn't cover was the rumble over Apple and Google talks and new camera trends, specifically the hybrid high end camera smartphones. What could Apple and Google be talking about and will Apple join the new camera trends in 2014? If these topics interest you, then join in the conversation.
At the beginning of the month, HP's Asian Pacific senior director of consumer PC and media tablets stated that HP is looking to re-enter the smartphone race and is working on launching a new device which will offer a "differentiated experience" to consumers. While we're not privy to what "differentiated experience" their smartphone will bring, their engineering team have indeed provided us with a clue about a possible associated product that has a powerful twist. If HP could pull it off just right, their smartphone project could be an interesting entry into the market when it arrives.