Apple wins a patent relating to their new iOS 17 Feature called 'StandBy' that could expand to specialized cases in the future
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent that relates to the new iOS 17 feature, 'StandBy' that was introduced at WWDC23 as presented in the video snippet below.
Apple's granted patent issued today relates to iOS changing depending which stand or specialized protective or carrying case that its mated with.
For example, various different accessories for electronic devices may each include near-field wireless communication antennas that allow the accessories to be detected and identified by the electronic device. Once a particular accessory is detected near the electronic device, the electronic device may change its mode of operation in a manner that is unique to that particular accessory or type of accessory.
A protective case for an iPhone may be configured to change the operational mode of the mobile phone in one manner, while charging docks change the operational mode of the mobile phone in another manner, while an "alarm clock" docking accessory changes the operational mode of the mobile phone in yet another manner.
The change in operational mode may correspond to and/or be accompanied with a change in the graphical user interface or graphical output that is displayed by the mobile phone.
For example, when an iPhone is placed in a sport-focused protective case, the iPhone may, without additional user input, replace its primary graphical user interface (or any graphical user interface that is currently active) with a sport-focused interface.
The graphical user interfaces that are activated when a device is used with an accessory may therefore be customized to a particular function or set of functions that are relevant to the associated accessory.
In some cases, these graphical user interfaces may be simpler than a primary graphical user interface (e.g., having fewer and/or larger graphical objects), which may help facilitate more efficient use of the device and may be dedicated to a particular function set or operational mode of the device.
Apple's patent FIG. 1A depicts an example system including an electronic device and associated accessories; FIG. 1B depicts the device of FIG. 1A and an example accessory in use together.
Apple's patent FIG. 6 below illustrates a Home Automation iPhone Case that alters the traditional iPhone UI to one dedicated to all things Home Automation including a TV remote; FIG. 8 above provides a flow chart of the Custom Case / Docking System.
More specifically, Apple notes that the auxiliary graphical user interfaces may be created by allowing a user to select from a group of candidate graphical objects. FIG. 6, for example, illustrates an example group of candidate graphical objects, including an audio control object #600, a home automation object #602, a recipe object #604, a timer object #606, a calendar object #608, a channel guide and selection object #610, a clock object #612, a weather object #614, and a news-feed object #616.
In order to create an auxiliary graphical user interface, the user may select graphical objects from the group of candidate graphical objects, associate them with particular locations on the display of the device (e.g., defining a user-defined arrangement), and associate the auxiliary graphical user interface with a particular accessory.
The graphical objects may have input objects, output objects, or both. Notably, the user may define numerous auxiliary graphical user interfaces each with different objects or different combinations of objects (or even with the same objects in a different user-defined arrangement). For example, one auxiliary graphical user interface may include the audio control object, while another may lack the audio control object. By providing such flexibility, users can produce highly customized and relevant auxiliary user interfaces for use with numerous different docks and accessories.
Apple also illustrates a specialized case for those who bike so that the UI could present a map of your travels or the speed that you're going of how many calories that you're burning.
For more details, review Apple's granted patent 11695864.