The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover six of Apple's granted design patents relating to the iPhone, iMac and more. We also cover patents relating to advanced multitouch gesturing for displays and a trackpad along with a patent relating to better controlling grey OLED displays. Considering Apple will be shifting to OLED displays in 2017-2018, this patent becomes both interesting and relevant to future products. Apple clearly shows that OLED may possibly extend to future MacBooks and the iMac. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Today
Apple was granted 8 design patents today covering the iPhone 4s, the 2012 iMac, the Apple Watch body, the lightning connector, the original Apple TV remote, the defunct iPhone 5c case and two minor interface designs (not shown)
Granted Patent: Gesturing with a Multipoint Sensing Device
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to generally to gesturing associated with multipoint sensing devices that provides a multipoint sensing area for receiving inputs from one or more objects. The electronic system also includes a gesture module configured to determine a gesture set for a given input arrangement received by the multipoint sensing area of the multipoint sensing device, to monitor the given input arrangement for one or more gesture events included in the gesture set, and to initiate input actions associated with a gesture event when the gesture event is performed with the input arrangement. The input arrangement may for example be an arrangement of fingers and/or other parts of the hand.
This is one of Apple's original multitouch patents relating to gestures made on a display and/or trackpad (and eventually the Magic Trackpad).
Patently Apple originally covered an associated invention back in 2007 titled Multi-Touch Gesture Dictionary. Apple's granted patent 9,292,111was originally filed in Q1 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: Device and Method for Improving AMOLED Driving Ray
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to electronic displays and, more particularly, to devices and methods for achieving more precise gray level control and an increased aperture ratio in active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) electronic displays.
Apple's patent states that the OLED displays described could be used in any Apple device including the iPhone, iPad, all MacBooks and iMac. It's now known that Apple will be switching to OLED displays starting sometime between 2017 and 2018 if sufficient supply is available.
Apple's granted patent 9,293,512 was originally filed in Q1 2013 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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