4 more Apple Vision Related patents were published earlier this month along with 3 patents covering the iPhone's Dynamic Island
Earlier this month the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published another series of four newly granted patents for Apple Vision Pro covering various technologies present today and possibly in the future. Apple has also filed for three 'Dynamic Island' related patents. If you want to dive in, we provide you with the links to do so.
Apple Vision Pro Related Patents
Granted Patent 11815693: Head-mounted Electronic Device
Apple's patent covers an electronic device such as a head-mounted device may have a front face that faces away from a user's head and may have an opposing rear face that faces the user's head. Optical modules may be used to provide images to a user's eyes. The positions of the optical modules may be adjusted to accommodate different user interpupillary distances. The head-mounted device may have actuators and optical module guide structures to allow the optical module positions to be adjusted.
Granted Patent 11815685: Display System With Virtual Image Distance Adjustment And Corrective Lenses
Apple's patent covers a head-mounted device may have a display that displays computer-generated content for a user. The head-mounted device may have an optical system that directs the computer-generated image towards eye boxes for viewing by a user. The optical system may be a see-through optical system that allows the user to view a real-world object through the optical system while receiving the computer-generated image or the optical system may include a non-removable lens and a removable vision correction lens through which an opaque display is viewable. The optical system may include a removable lens. The removable lens may serve as a custom vision correction lens to correct for a user's vision defects. The optical system may have a projection bias lens that places computer-generated content at one or more desired virtual image distances and a corresponding compensation bias lens.
Granted Patent 11816820: Gaze Direction-based Adaptive Pre-filtering Of Video Data
Apple's granted patent covers a multi-layer low-pass filter is used to filter a first frame of video data representing at least a portion of an environment of an individual. A first layer of the filter has a first filtering resolution setting for a first subset of the first frame, while a second layer of the filter has a second filtering resolution setting for a second subset. The first subset includes a data element positioned along a direction of a gaze of the individual, and the second subset of the frame surrounds the first subset. A result of the filtering is compressed and transmitted via a network to a video processing engine configured to generate a modified visual representation of the environment.
Patent Application 20230358920: Electronic Devices With Lenses
Apple's patent application cover an electronic device such as a head-mounted device may have a head-mounted support structure that supports lenses, displays and other components. During operation, the head-mounted device may display visual content for a user such as virtual reality content or augmented reality content.
The head-mounted support structure may be configure to form a pair of glasses, a pair of goggles, a helmet, or other head-mounted device. Illustrative configurations in which the head-mounted device is a pair of goggles may sometimes be described herein as an example.
The head-mounted support structure may have a front face that faces away from a user's head and may have an opposing rear face that faces the user's head. Optical modules on the rear face may be used to provide images to a user's eyes. Each optical module may have a lens barrel in which a fixed lens is mounted. Optional removable supplemental lenses may be coupled to the optical modules. The supplemental lenses, which may sometimes be referred to as vision correction lenses may be used to correct for a user's vision defects such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism.
To ensure satisfactory operation of the head-mounted device, the vision correction lenses (and, if desired, the fixed lenses) may be provided with coatings and other structures that help reduce stray light and provide the lenses with a desired mechanical robustness while ensuring that the lenses exhibit desired amounts of light transmission over all operating wavelengths.
3 Patent Applications for the iPhone's Dynamic Island
Three patent applications covering the iPhone's Dynamic Island were published on November ninth under the collective title "Devices, Methods, And Graphical User Interfaces For Updating A Session Region."
The patent abstract describes it this way: "A computer system displays, in display area outside of a status region, a first user interface of a respective application executing on the computer system. The computer system detects a user input corresponding to a request to dismiss the first user interface and ceases to display, in the display area, the first user interface. The computer system displays in the status region an indication of a current state of the respective application and displays a second user interface that is associated with respective software. The computer system detects a user input to navigate from the second user interface that is associated with respective software that is different from the respective application to a third user interface and displays the third user interface in the display area outside of the status region while continuing to display, in the status region, the indication of a current state of the respective application."