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March 2011

Future Apple Hardware to Harness the Power of Magnetic Induction

1 - Cover - future apple hardware to harness the power of magnetic induction - apple patent mar 2011 
Just as the auto industry is racing to find the perfect electric engine, the tech sector is in a similar race to find a better battery or a new energy source to extend the life of portable devices. Being that Apple is the leading mobile devices company in the world today, they know all too well how important a breakthrough in this field may be. In today's patent we see that Apple is exploring ways of building a miniature electromagnetic induction system right into future portable devices as a means of extending battery life. This is one race Apple can't afford to lose.  

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Why is Apple Trademarking Thunderbolt?

1 - Cover - Why is Apple Trademarking Thunderbolt - mar 2011 
On March 09, 2011, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office published a very odd entry. According to this Office, Apple has applied for the "Thunderbolt" trademark under application 1516633. The question is why?   

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Apple Wins iPhone 4, iOS Home Button & New iOS UI Patents +

1 - Cover - Apple wins iphone  4, ios home button & new iOS UI patents + , mar 8, 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 10 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The notables within this group include Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter for the MacBook Pro, a second round design win for the iPhone 4 and another design win for the 13" MacBook Pro. Yet the more interesting wins of the day have to go to Apple's famous "Home" screen button that is incorporated into most iOS devices in addition to a win for a possible new iOS UI regarding stored assets. And finally, Apple's has won yet another key multi-touch patent specifically relating to iOS animations.  

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Apple Dreams Up Some Cool Video Ringtones for the iPhone +

1 - Cover - Apple Dreams up Some Cool Video Ringtones for the iPhone +, 2011 
While there are a few companies that have developed a video ringtone app for the iPhone, like iFonetec, Apple thinks that they could do a little better. In a recently discovered Apple patent, we see that Apple is exploring ways of delivering a means for creating video ringtones for  telephonic iOS devices. The feature will supposedly alow you to utilize videos from iTunes, iMovie, or even an old DVD or Tivo video that you have hanging around. Apple's patent presents us with many interesting, if not cool twists, to the idea of video ringtones. And knowing Apple, they're likely to deliver something worth using.  

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Apple's GarageBand Patent Surfaces for iPad, the iPhone & More

1 - Cover - Apple's GarageBand Patent Surfaces for the iPad, the iPhone & More - Mar 2011 
The days of playing the air-guitar or air-drums may be coming to an end for some. Or perhaps it could be better described as giving the great air guitarists amongst us a chance to stretch their repertoire with totally original tunes using the iPad 2 as their next axe. Time will tell. For now, a new Apple patent has surfaced that discusses how GarageBand is able to generate low and high energy tones. This was partially discussed during Apple's iPad 2 event last Wednesday. Yet the bigger news that was found in this latest patent is that GarageBand has been redesigned for touch displays beyond the iPad. It appears that GarageBand may very well be headed for the iPhone in the not too distant future.    

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Apple Inc Files for "Apple" Trademark Under 42 International Classes

1 - Cover - Apple Inc files for Apple Trademark Under 42 International Classes - Mar 4, 2011 
Can you say World Domination? Can you say R-e-v-o-l-u-t-i-o-n? Yeeees, it appears that Apple is tired of incrementally expanding their Trademark under one, two or three International Classes at a time, such as with their recent filing for adding social networking. The hell with that; Apple has decided to file their trademark under a whopping 42 International Classes in Europe. Considering that there are only 45 possible classes to begin with, it's pretty clear that Apple is going for it all at some point in time, so why pretend right? They're now covered for such things as headgear (that's great!), games, telecommunications, education, medical and legal services. Those are understandable, but then they veer into off-the-wall categories such as carpets, furniture, rubber, vehicles, soaps, paints and pharmaceuticals. In this new Post-PC era that Apple has single handedly devised, they're now free to take flight in any direction they so choose. Today, they've made that abundantly clear.   

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Apple Considers Advancing their Pedometer App

1 - cover - Apple Considers Advancing their Pedometer App to iOS devices - mar 2011 
Before starting this report, I just wanted to thank the Apple Team for putting on such a great iPad-2 show yesterday that presented us with a nice round of new features that many had hoped for. With that said, our second patent report of the day covers Apple's latest round of pedometer related Apps. Apple's iPod nano was the first iOS device to include this app and today's patent says that it should be coming to other iOS devices over time. A secondary pedometer related patent advances the pedometer by working with multiple sensors and might, in theory, work with a stepper which would be a welcome advance for many who workout with this kind of equipment.  

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Apple Conducts Fascinating Research into Smart Port Detection

1 - Cover - Apple conducts fascinating Research into Smart Port Detection - mar 2011 
Apple seems to be onto something new of late. They've been exploring the implementation of the smart port into future hardware. It will eliminate the current printed port icons that are on hardware today, such as for Firewire or Thunderbolt in favor of introducing "invisible-like" icons that are created by using micro-perforation techniques. The reason for doing this serves two purposes. The first is to once again refine Apple's hardware aesthetics and the second is to add the ability to introduce active or morphing port icons. These new morphing icons would be able to communicate both the location of a port and/or any danger associated with it.  

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Apple's iPad 2: The Power to Rock'n Roll!

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In case you live in a cave, Apple has just released the new iPad 2. And in Apple's traditional style, they brought the house down with another winning round of upgrades. The iPad 2 now sports a sleeker design with a new powerhouse processor to give it muscle, dual cameras for creating home movies and enjoying FaceTime while delivering a number of iLife apps to kick things up a notch. And being that we're Patently Apple, it would only be right that we point out the patents that came to life with the iPad 2. All in all, it was great to see Steve Jobs delivering his new bag of toys for us to play with – and play with them we shall. I think they've got another winner here folks and I think that you'll agree. 

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Apple Files Trademark for Ping's Stylized Bubbles Symbol

1 - Cover - Ping related Stylilzed Bubbles trademark - mar 2011 
Apple has been a busy bee this quarter filing trademarks related social networking. In January they updated their "Apple" trademark to cover social networking while protecting their new "Ping" social network for music lovers in Europe and China. Then in late February Apple filed for "Places" which was filed under an International Class for social networking involving GPS services. Today, Apple is out to protect the stylized bubbles associated with Ping that is presented in the iTunes sidebar as shown above.

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Apple Wins "Pages" and Core iOS Virtual Keyboard Patents

1 - Cover - Apple Wins Pages and core iOS virtual keyboard patents - mar 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 23 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this second round of granted patents, we primarily focus on the technology behind Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit and an important technology behind their word processing app "Pages" called semantic reconstruction. Yet the most important granted patent of the day, in our view, goes to Apple's virtual keyboard technology. This area of technology is one of Apple's strong suits and so this marks an important patent win as they push forward and take virtual keyboards to the next level.  

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Apple Wins Patents for iChat, Nitriding Stainless Steel & iPhone 4

1b - Cover - apple wins patents for ichat, Nitriding stainless steel & iPhone 4 - mar 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 23 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this first round of granted patents that we'll be covering today, the notables include a series of Apple product designs along with high profile patents for Apple's iChat video conferencing system, the iPhone 4's sexy stainless steel band and the iPhone 4's winning design.  

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