On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a pop-up menu system for iDevices using pro apps like Apple's Numbers or Pages or Microsoft's Excel or Word that could be customized by the user. The interface will also be able to be used on a future iPad Plus or iPad Pro (whatever they brand it) using a physical keyboardaccessory.
On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention relating to future iDevices and CarPlay that will be able to use seamless outdoor to indoor map transitioning. The mapping system could start with in-car navigation to a parking lot and then transition to an indoor parking map and eventually further transition to the inside your destination, be it the inside of a mall, a school, a convention center and beyond. In 2013 Apple acquired WifiSLAM and this invention likely borrows some of their technology.
On October 9, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that cover technologies relating to fingerprint ID and flexible displays with bent edges. The latter may have been applied to Apple's latest Apple Watch. Our report provides you with a brief intro to each of these inventions.
In September Apple's CEO Tim Cook once again spoke about the horrible state that television is in today with Charlie Rose without committing to what Apple may one day introduce to bring television into the digital age. One area that Apple has been known to be working on regarding television is next generation audio. We covered one such patent application back in January 2013. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another aspect to advanced audio that technically relates to the new Home Theater 3D sound standard that is now under development.
On October 2, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that finally reveals an Apple TV user interface that could be custom fit specifically for your particular iDevice or Mac display size. In 2012 we noted in a patent report that Apple hinted that Siri could be coming to iTunes. Apple notes in this patent filing that using your iPhone with the new Apple TV GUI could take advantage of speech which translates to using Siri. That would be very cool for searches and so forth. We've also noted in the past that companies like LG are now designing future smartphones with dual display so that users will be able to better enjoy Mobile TV services. If this is a future trend for the industry, then Apple's latest Apple TV related invention is step one in getting Apple TV onto mobile devices for future mobile TV services.
On October 2, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new details about their use of two-dimensional touch sensors utilizing force sensors in both current and future touch displays. The new Apple Watch uses such a display with force sensors and Apple notes that such a display could be coming to future iDevices and far beyond.
The newly revealed Sport Collection of the Apple Watch that is coming to market in 2015 will be using a new kind of cover glass called Ion-X glass which has been patently strengthened. This strengthening process was first uncovered by Patently Apple in an August report covering this patent pending invention. This week, another patent pending invention came to light in Europe about strengthening sapphire glass for larger cover display glass that Apple may use for future iDevices such as the iPhone and iPad.
A new patent application from Apple was published today in Europe. Apple's 120-page document which includes 54 detailed graphics describes how Apple's Mapping App will be able to function in varying types of vehicle infotainment systems. The system will also be able to function plugging an iPhone or iPad into a vehicle's dashboard display and function with touchscreens and non-touchscreen systems. The Mapping App will be able to function differently if not adapt to whatever type of system it's connected to. The system will understand whether your iDevice is connected to A low or high-quality vehicle infotainment system display and whether the system uses dials or a keypad. We know that Apple is working with dozens of car manufactures to integrate CarPlay, yet Apple's invention gives us the impression that they're working on ways to make CarPlay that's running on your iDevice work with less sophisticated in-vehicle infotainment systems.
It was relatively quiet at the US Patent & Trademark Office regarding new innovations from Apple today. We found that Apple tweaked their fused glass and running shoe sensor patentsthat were first covered back in 2013. The tweaks made to both of these patent pending inventions are restricted to legal patent claims and don't represent anything new technologically speaking. If you happen to be following Apple's ongoing work with their Macroscalar architecture relating to parallelism you could review these three new filings today: one, two and three. Apple's Macroscalar first came to light in a 2009 granted patent report. In 2012 we posted a report about Apple filing a trademark for the word "Macroscalar." The technology was probably applied to Apple's 64 bit A7 processor which was introduced last year for the iPhone 5S. Indirectly, there was one patent of interest today talking about next-gen biometrics for future Ford vehicles that will work with iOS.
Buried in a sea of Apple patent applications that were published earlier this week by the US Patent & Trademark Office, an Apple invention for an alternative method for strengthening sapphire glass came to light. On September seventeenth I posted a report titled "LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays & Apple Fulfills Patent," which showed that the new Apple Watch was using a new patent pending sapphire glass strengthening process that we first covered in a report in August using ion steaming. In Apple's latest patent pending invention, we see that a secondary engineering team has worked on an alternative sapphire glass strengthening process. Whether their new process will work itself across the entire Apple Watch family over time or is being aimed for future cover glass applications for the iPhone and iPad is unknown at this time.
On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple covering such matters as CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio and more. While it's impossible to have high profile inventions roll every week, especially with Apple's Tim Cook trying to be more secretive that Jobs ever was, there's still a lot of intellectual property to appreciate exploring today.
Most Apple fans knew that Steve Jobs owned a super yacht called Venus that was designed by Philippe Starck's design company Ubik and built by Feadship. Knowing Steve Jobs, he likely had a hand in every aspect of the design. At a cost of US$100 million you could bet on that. In fact, to control his new yacht Jobs wanted to use an iPhone and/or an iPad. How do I know this? Simply put, I stumbled upon a new patent application earlier this morning while doing some research. A new 2014 patent that was filed in 2013 actually lists Steven P. Jobs of Palo Alto, California as the primary inventor of a remote control interface for a mobile device that could control a boat/yacht. One of the first things that struck me about this invention was that it wasn't filed under Apple Inc.
On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on developing a future advanced stylus. For the record, Apple now has 30 patent applications on advancing a stylus on record.
On September 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple covering technologies related to a new small form factor high-resolution camera, new advancements to speed up battery recharging and more.
Over the years of covering Apple's patent applications we've learnt that in many instances Apple has different teams working on a single problem from different angles in order to find the right solution prior to bringing it to market. Last March we posted a patent report titled"Apple Invents Unique Protective Mechanisms for Future Devices." Then last October we posted another report on this subject titled "Apple Advances their Device Free Fall Protection Invention." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals how this project is progressing in interesting new areas. Today's invention introduces us to drop countermeasures that could be added to future versions of Apple's iPad Smart Cover and Smart Case to shield the iPad from damage to vital components or its display when accidentally dropped. Apple also discusses new drop countermeasures designed for the iPhone.