The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover granted patents for the Mac Pro architecture, 3D maps along with several design patents for the original iMac, and cases for Apple's iPad and iPhone. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: The Mac Pro
Apple's newly granted patent generally relates to compact computing systems. More particularly, the present embodiments relate to the structure and organization of internal components and external interfaces for a compact computing system known as Apple's Mac Pro.
Apple's Mac Pro patent covers systems and methods for providing a lightweight, durable and compact computing system having a cylindrical cross section. This can be accomplished at least in part through a general computing system arrangement of internal components that cooperates with a monolithic housing to provide a compact computing system having a high computing power density in a compact and durable enclosure
A desktop computing system includes a housing having a longitudinal axis and that defines an internal volume that is symmetric about the longitudinal axis, a computing engine comprising a computational component, and a structural core positioned within the internal volume that provides structural support for the computing engine.
Apple's Mac Pro granted patent 9,207,729 that is titled 'Computer Architecture' was originally filed in Q2 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: 3D Mapping for Road Height Generation for a Road Network
Apple's newly granted patent generally relates to three-dimensional road maps, and more specifically to determining a three-dimensional road map given relative orderings at intersections, and potentially providing the three dimensional road map to a navigation device for displaying road views.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that Apple confirmed to them that "its mapping service is now used more than three times as often as its next leading competitor on iPhones and iPads, with more than 5 billion map-related requests each week. Research firm comScore says Apple has a modest lead over Google on iPhones in the U.S., though comScore measures how many people use a service in a given month rather than how often."
Apple's Maps related granted patent 9,207,094 titled "Road height generation for a road network" was filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple's second 3D mapping granted Patent titled 'Computing plausible road surfaces in 3D from 2D geometry,' relates to three-dimensional road maps, and more specifically to determining features of a three-dimensional surface of a road (such as a pitch, grade, and bank of road surface). The three-dimensional maps can be provided to a navigation device for displaying road views.
Apple's granted patent 9,208,601 was filed in Q4 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted 9 Design Patents Today
Apple was granted 9 design patents today with the most notable being the iPad Case (D745,011), the iPhone Case (D744,994) and the original iMac (RE45,816).
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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