Apple Won 62 Patents Today Covering MacBook's Touch ID Feature, Presence Sensing, a Retail Store Display & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 52 newly granted patents today and the first for September 2019. Our final granted report of the day covers the MacBook's Touch ID feature incorporated into Apple's Touch Bar. We also reference others relating to "presence sensing," and "face syncing" and lastly a design patent for a new retail display that may or may not be for Apple Store. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
MacBook with Touch ID
In March 2018 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Granted a Patent for the MacBook Pro's Touch ID Feature that Resides on the Touch Bar" that you could review here.
Todays granted patent #10,402,617 is Apple's 3rd granted patent for this invention. Apple's patent claims are updated with emphasis on the "electronic device" of their second granted patent being specifically referred to in today's patent claims as a "laptop," and references made to a standby power state as follows:
Claim #1: "A laptop computing device operable in a standby power state and an on power state, the laptop computing device comprising: an upper portion comprising: an upper housing; and a primary display positioned at least partially within the upper housing; a lower portion pivotally coupled to the upper portion and comprising: a lower housing defining an upper surface and an aperture that extends into the upper surface; a keyboard extending along the upper surface and positioned at least partially within the lower housing; a touch-sensitive display positioned within the aperture; and a power button positioned within the aperture and adjacent to the touch-sensitive display, the power button comprising: a button cap defining an exterior surface and configured to pivot away from the touch-sensitive display when pressed; a biometric sensor coupled to the button cap and positioned below the exterior surface; and an electrical switch positioned below the biometric sensor; and a processor in communication with the biometric sensor and the electrical switch, the processor configured to: detect a first press of the power button using the biometric sensor when the electronic device is in the on power state and, in response, trigger an operation to transition the electronic device to the standby power state from the on power state; and detect a second press of the power button using the electrical switch when the electronic device is in the standby power state and, in response, trigger an operation to transition the electronic device to the on power state from the standby power state if biometric data obtained from the biometric sensor matches template data."
Apple's patent FIG. 1A illustrated below depicts a MacBook Pro incorporating a restricted-access button; FIG. 1B depicts a detail view of the region A-A depicted in FIG. 1A, showing an electronic device embodiment in which the restricted-access button extends proud of a surface of a housing of the electronic device; FIG. 1C depicts a detail view of the region A-A depicted in FIG. 1A, showing an electronic device embodiment in which the restricted-access button is flush with a surface of a housing of the electronic device; FIG. 2A depicts an exploded cross-section assembly view of the button assembly; and FIG. 6 depicts example operations of a method of operating a button that incorporates a biometric sensor.
Other Granted Patents of interest Published Today
02: Face syncing in distributed computing environment
A Key Design Patent Issued Today
Apple's key granted design patent issued to them today covers a new retail display. Whether this display is exclusively for Apple Stores or for Apple's retail partners offering a store-within-a-store facility is unknown at this time.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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