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Apple Wins 58 Patents Today Covering a Next-Gen iPhone Dock, Apple Watch Charging Dock, iPad Pro Smart Keyboard & more

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible next-gen iPhone dock that works with in-air and sound based gestures as noted in our cover graphic. Other patents include a hinge mechanism for the Apple Watch's magnetic charging dock and design patents for the iPhone 5s, the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard and two Apple Store display structures. 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: Hinge Assembly for Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock


Apple's newly granted patent 9,577,467 covers their invention relating to wirelessly charging Apple Watch, and more particularly, to systems and methods that enable Apple Watch to be wirelessly charge in more than one position.



Granted Patent: Impact and Contactless Gesture Inputs for Docking Stations


Apple's newly granted patent 9,575,508 covers their invention relating to an intuitive method of interacting with an electronic device where a user knocks or taps on a surface on which the device and/or its docking station are disposed. Other embodiments of the present invention disclose an apparatus that employs contactless gesture sensors within the docking station and/or the electronic device to continuously monitor for contactless user input.


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To learn more about this invention see our original 2015 report titled "Apple Invents Next-Gen iPhone Dock that Works with Sound Sensory Commands to Activate Functions or Apps."


With Apple introducing a wireless charger, this design may already be obsolete or reduced to working with next-gen entry level iPhones.  


New Apple Design Patents Issued Today


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The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today


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