The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 64 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several interesting patents. The first covers a patent describing the Apple Pencil being used for documents on the iPhone, iPad and beyond. The second covers Depth of Field Camera and video manipulation in Final Cut Pro while the third covers Siri's ability to recognize music in addition to voice. Apple was also granted a design patent for the iPhone 6 and more. 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: Manipulating GUI's with a Stylus
Apple's newly granted patent 9,619,052 covers their invention relating to electronic devices with faster, more efficient methods for manipulating user interfaces with a stylus. The patent clearly indicates the use of the Apple Pencil in context with a future iPhone.
Beyond art applications for Apple Pencil, Apple's granted patent highlights the fact that Apple pencil will eventually work with documents and other applications. Apple notes that "An electronic device: displays an electronic document; while displaying the electronic document, detects a first input from a stylus, including detecting an initial contact by the stylus on a touch-sensitive surface; determines a plurality of characteristics of the first input, including a tilt of the stylus; in accordance with a determination that the tilt meets one or more selection criteria for a first virtual drawing implement, selects the first virtual drawing implement for the stylus to emulate; in accordance with a determination that the tilt meets one or more selection criteria for a second virtual drawing implement, selects the second virtual drawing implement for the stylus to emulate; and, after selecting one of the first virtual drawing implement and the second virtual drawing implement for the stylus to emulate, generates a mark in the electronic document with the selected virtual drawing implement in response to detecting the first input." Several references in the granted patent point to Apple Pencil working with an iPhone.
Granted Patent: Depth of field for a camera in a media-editing application
Apple's newly granted patent 9,619,917 covers their invention relating to image and video rendering. Specifically, the invention is directed towards depth of field properties for cameras in applications that render images and/or videos.
Apple's patent FIG. 4 noted above illustrates a three-dimensional compositing application; FIG. 27 conceptually illustrates the software architecture of some embodiments of the compositing application.
The image would suggest that the application already exists within Final Cut Pro's Motion. Apple's granted patent was originally filed in Q4 2008 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: Siri's Music Recognition ability
Apple's granted patent 9,620,105 relates to audio analysis and, more specifically, to analyzing audio input for efficient speech and music recognition. Apple introduced music recognition with iOS 8 working with Shazam. The rumor of this service surfaced in April 2014. For more details of this invention, see Patently Apple's original patent application original report here.
Apple Granted a Design Patent for iPhone 6
Apple was granted a design patent today for their iPhone 6 as noted below. Another design patent was granted for a "Table" and specifically for an Apple Store table. Patent figures of the side and bottom would strongly suggest the table is to house Apple Watches.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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