Apple Granted 55 Patents Today Covering the iPhone's Dual Camera Magnet System, iPad Pro Smart Keyboard & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the iPhone's dual camera system used in 'Plus' models that use a dual camera magnet system. The magnet system has now been integrated into the new iPhone 8 single camera too as iFixit illustrated using an X-ray image. Apple was also granted patents for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard, a method to protect the iPhone in a fall and lastly a patent for 3D user interface effects. 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: Dual Camera Magnet Arrangement
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to a camera system having a first camera unit and a second camera unit. The first camera unit includes an autofocus actuator. The autofocus actuator includes a first plurality of magnets for autofocus motion control of components of a first optical package. The first plurality of magnets is positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned in parallel with a first magnetic axis at a right angle to the optical axis of the first optical package.
The second camera unit includes an optical image stabilization and autofocus actuator. The optical image stabilization and autofocus actuator includes a second plurality of magnets positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned along a second magnet axis at 45-degrees to the first magnetic axis. The second camera unit includes a third plurality of magnets positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned along a third magnetic axis at 135-degrees to the first magnetic axis.
Apple's granted patent 9,781,345 was originally filed in Q1 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This invention could apply to the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and/or the iPhone X
Granted Patent: iPad Pro Smart Keyboard
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard. The patent is officially titled "Electronic device with moveable contacts at an exterior surface."
Apple's granted patent 9,778,705 was originally filed in Q3 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Patently Apple originally covered this as a patent application report back in July 2017.
Other Granted Patents of Interest
A few other granted patents of interest include "Protecting and Electronic Device" (9,780,621). This is Apple's second granted patent for this invention. The first granted patent was covered back in May 2016. A second granted patent of interest is titled "Three dimensional user interface effects on a display" (9,778,815) which we originally covered back in January 2015.
Apple's Granted Design Patents
Apple was granted yet another design patent today for the Apple Watch on number D798, 905. Apple was also granted a patent for an Apple Watch band under number D798, 760.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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