The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the wireless charger for Apple Watch and more importantly, two key original iOS inventions that helped to ignite the mobile revolution. The patents that seem ancient today were actually key to introducing iOS virtual elements that were needed to move elements on a display to support gaming, the iPhone keypad and more. Today we take it for granted but back then naysayers said such inventions were never going to happen. Ha! – how times change. Our report also covers a pair of design patents and we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: Wireless Charger
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to the Apple Watch's wireless charger.
Apple's granted patent 9,608,475 was originally filed in Q3 2015 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: Mode-Based GUI for touch Displays
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to gesturing associated with touch sensitive devices. The invention relates, in one embodiment, to a user interface method. The method includes detecting a touch. The method also includes determining a user interface mode when a touch is detected. The method further includes activating one or more GUI elements based on the user interface mode and in response to the detected touch.
The granted patent covers in one embodiment, to a user interface method. The method includes displaying a group of media items. The method also includes detecting a touch over the group of media items that are displayed. The method further includes activating a virtual scroll wheel when a touch is detected over the displayed media items. The activation of the virtual scroll wheel includes displaying and enabling the functionality of the virtual scroll wheel, the virtual scroll wheel providing a touch region where a user swirls their finger in order to traverse through the group of media items. The method additionally includes determining if a touch event is performed relative to the touch region of the virtual scroll wheel. Moreover, the method includes scrolling through the group of media items when a scrolling touch event is performed.
Apple noted in 2012 that "Once knob #170 is displayed as shown in FIG. 6A, the user's fingers #176 can be positioned around the knob similar to if it were an actual knob or dial, and thereafter can be rotated around the knob in order to simulate turning the knob. Again, audible feedback in the form of a clicking sound or tactile feedback in the form of vibration, for example, may be provided as the knob is "rotated." Back then this was exciting stuff. Today it feels like learning about dinosaurs.
Apple's granted patent 9,606,668 was originally filed in Q4 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: Touch Screen Device, Method, and GUI for Moving On-Screen Objects without using a Cursor
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to electronic devices with touch screen displays, and more particularly, to electronic devices that use one or more finger contacts to move on-screen objects without using a cursor to move the objects.
In some embodiments, the user interacts with the GUI primarily through finger contacts and gestures on the touch-sensitive display. In some embodiments, the functions may include game playing, telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing.
Apple's patent FIG. 13C illustrates simultaneously translating and rotating multiple on-screen objects in a graphical user interface on a touch screen display
Apple's granted patent 9,606,715 was filed in 2014. However, the history associated with this patent goes back to between 2002 and 2012.
Apple Granted Design Patents for Apple Watch and EarPod Packaging
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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