On December 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals future iDevices with a novel content redaction engine and tool. The content redaction engine of some embodiments determines whether to redact content for output based on whether a user is biometrically verified. If they are, the redaction is removed as noted in our cover graphic.
Late last year Apple's all-new Mac Pro tower was revealed with a wildly advanced design. One year later and everything you wanted to know about the new Mac Pro is revealed in a series of six patent applications. Report updated 8:25am MST
In a press release issued this morning, Apple announced that models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model, giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things.
The Apple – United Airlines partnership has certainly shone this year. In March they introduced in-flight movie service exclusively for Apple devices. Then we posted a report covering some of the new iPad Bars United is setting up that also covers iPad menus in their restaurants at several airports with many more on the way. Today, United Airlines announced they will be equipping its flight attendants with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, putting important safety and service information at flight attendants' fingertips while enhancing their ability to meet customers' needs.
A technology site noted last month that "The biggest factors that keep Chinese smartphone makers out of the West – and even developed countries in Asia like South Korea and Japan – are carrier subsidies, patents, and cultural stigma." Today we learned just how true that statement was. With Xiaomi experiencing dramatic success within China, they set their eyes on their next market target: India. Today that plan was dealt a blow. The Indian High Court has banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country.
Last month we posted a report titled "Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for 2015 PC's" The report covered three distinct trends coming to PCs next year which includes the cable-less PC, 3D cameras and fingerprint ID to replace passwords to start your PC and beyond. Apple's Touch ID that has now been implemented on their latest iPhones and iPads is coming to future MacBooks too, according to one of Apple's patent filings. Today, however, it's Synaptics new SecurePad that takes the lead in bringing biometric ID to notebooks.
Last month we posted a report titled "The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule." Today, Apple and IBM published a press release stating that "Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise.Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing stated that "This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can't wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work. The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world's best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done."
A new Chinese report today confirms that Alipay, the e-payment arm of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, rolled out on Tuesday the latest version of its mobile application, which allows iPhone users to make mobile payments using Touch ID instead of passwords.
It's being reported today that Apple's CEO Tim Cook met privately with Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday. Jackson commented about Cook in an interview on Tuesday stating that he was "impressed with him and the conversation. He has a real vision for Apple and he sees the value ininclusiveness."
Optikos Corporation has invented an interesting iPhone camera accessory that will allow users to take close-up and distant night vision video or still shots when under poor lighting conditions. While the invention may apply to other devices such an Android smartphone in the future, the main patent figures that are illustrated in their patent filing show an iPhone as you'll note in our report below. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published this patent application last Thursday. Optikos originally filed their invention with USPTO in May 2013.
Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Files their Tenth Smart Pen Patent of the Year." Apple's smart pen project has been one of the longest running projects at Apple. They've covered smart pens for graphics, for handwriting and forms, as part of a collaboration system, for paper and everything in between. Sony, as noted in the video above, has developed a new A4 digital notepad that is the first in the world to use E Ink Mobius, a new flexible electronic paper display (EPD) technology that was first introduced in 2013. It's super light and writing with it is oh so close to the real thing. But that's the leading issue that plagues digital pens today: the "latency" factor. If a future Apple Pen is to be a winner, then it has to deliver one that finally defeats latency.
Apple's iPhone and iPad have done exceedingly well in Japan. The latest iPhone 6 is still the number one phone in Japan trouncing Samsung's Galaxy offerings. So it's not all that surprising to hear from Japan's Jiji news service that Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was pleased to announce that "Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan."
There was great interest in the Apple community when Aaron Sorkin began pumping up his new project about the biopic of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs. Not many enjoyed the rushed "Jobs" movie that starred Ashton Kutcher, so there was a gap to fill. Sorkin later talked about writing the Steve Jobs character. Yet the main characters that were initially cast for the movie are by and large dropping out. For three of the top actors to drop out of this film in such short order, there must be something terrible about the script that the actors don't want to be associated with. Yet no one has come forward to say just what they objected to.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's live 3D user interface designed for iDevices like the iPhone. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.