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Apple has Won their Second Patent for Force-Activated, Force-Sensing AirPods Pro

1 cover AirPods force touch


Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple their second patent that relates to AirPods Pro force with force sensing controls built into its stem. The controls assist the user navigate their music, manage calls and provide three noise-control modes: Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode and 'Off'. A user can switch between them, depending on how much their surroundings they want to hear.


Apple's patent FIG. 1A below depicts a block diagram illustrating example functional relationships between example components that may be implemented in an electronic device (AirPods Pro); FIG. 1B depicts an example implementation of the AirPods Pro of FIG. 1A; FIG. 1C depicts a user wearing AirPods Pro.


2 AirPods force touch patent


Apple's patent FIG. 1D below depicts the AirPods Pro of FIG. 1C forming an acoustic chamber with an ear canal of the user; FIG. 4 depicts the assembly of the AirPods Pro with the housing removed. 


3 AirPods touch controls patent


Apple's patent FIG. 11 above depicts a flow chart illustrating an example method for operating AirPods Pro which includes a force sensor; FIG. 12 depicts a flow chart illustrating an example method for assembling AirPods Pro.


This is Apple's second granted patent for this invention under number 11463796 that had added 20 new patent claims. The U.S. Patent Office also granted Apple a second patent for this invention today under number 11463797 and a third patent under number 11463799.  


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4 x actual feature on AirPods Pro


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