The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a design patent for the iPhone 4S which credits the late CEO Steve Jobs as one of the designers/inventors. Our report also covers a key patent dating back to the original multitouch iPhone display and another that relates to the original work behind the integrated touch display that finally surfaced with the iPhone 5.
Apple Granted Patent for Single-Layer Touch Sensitive Display (Integrated-Touch)
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to input devices for computing systems, and more particularly, to a mutual-capacitance multi-touch sensor panel capable of being fabricated on a single side of a substrate. Apple's patent may relate to their original work behind their new in-cell display that was introduced with the iPhone 5.
Apple's Phil Schiller pointed to the iPhone 5 having a new integrated-touch display. Schiller stated that "The engineering team went much further. They've done some breakthrough work and have integrated touch sensors right into the display itself," referring to the next generation in-cell display. This makes the display 30% thinner than the iPhone 4S while making the image sharper with less glare in sunlight." Schiller added that "It's truly the world's most advanced display."
Technically, Apple's patent relates to a substantially transparent touch sensor panel having co-planar single-layer touch sensors fabricated on a single side of a substrate for detecting single or multi-touch events (the touching of one or multiple fingers or other objects upon a touch-sensitive surface at distinct locations at about the same time).
To avoid having to fabricate substantially transparent drive and sense lines on opposite sides of the same substrate, embodiments of the invention can form the drive and sense lines on a co-planar single layer on the same side of the substrate. The drive and sense lines can be fabricated as column-like patterns in a first orientation and patches in a second orientation, where each column-like pattern in the first orientation is connected to a separate metal trace in the border area of the touch sensor panel, and all patches in each of multiple rows in the second orientation are connected together using a separate metal trace (or other conductive material) in the border area of the touch sensor panel. The metal traces in the border areas can be formed on the same side of the substrate as the patches and columns, but separated from the patches and column-like patterns by a dielectric layer. The metal traces can allow both the patches and column-like patterns to be routed to the same short edge of the substrate so that a small flex circuit can be bonded to a small area on only one side of the substrate.
Apple credits Steve Hotelling and John Zhong as the inventors of granted patent 8,633,915.
Apple Granted Patent for Foldable Circuit Connector
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to packaging design for consumer electronic devices and more particularly, methods and apparatus for providing packaging and RF shielding configurations for memory chips used in consumer electronic devices.
Apple's memory device includes a number of memory chips, such as flash NAND chips, linked together via a flexible circuit connector. During installation of the memory device, portions of the flexible circuit connector can be bent or folded in different locations to allow an orientation of the memory chips to be changed relative to one another. In one embodiment, a memory device with a number of chips can be provided in a flat configuration and then can be folded to allow the chips to be installed in a stacked configuration. In another embodiment, the flexible circuit connector can be grounded to other conductive components to allow the flexible circuit connector to be used as part of a faraday cage surrounding the memory chips.
Apple credits Fletcher Rothkopf, Phillip Hobson, Adam Mittleman and Anna-Katrina Shedletsky as the inventors of granted patent 8,634,204 which was originally filed in Q3 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted another Original Multitouch Display Patent
Today, Apple was also granted an original multi-touch patent today dating back to 2007 titled "Sensor arrangement for use with a touch sensor that identifies hand parts."
Apple Granted Design Patent: iPhone Frame Component
Apple was granted a single design patent today covering the frame component of the iPhone 4S. The late CEO Steve Jobs was credited as one of the designers/inventors. Design patent D697,918 was likely Steve Jobs' Last design credit.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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