Apple was Granted 39 Patents Today covering Facial Recognition and the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard Connector and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two patents. The first covers the original work done on facial recognition to be used to unlock an electronic device. The second covers the Smart Keyboard's Smart Connector. 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: Locking and Unlocking a Mobile Device using Facial Recognition
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to a built-in camera captures one or more images, and the images are then analyzed to determine whether a user's face is present therein. If a user's face is not present in the images captured over a predetermined amount of time, the device automatically locks.
While Apple's iPhone X Face ID is far more advanced than their original patent that was filed back in 2011 and published in 2012, it laid a foundation of work towards the final authentication feature that departed from their long standing Touch ID.
Apple's granted patent 9,875,349 was originally filed in 2011 and updated in March 2017.
Granted Patent: iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Connector
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to the smart connector system used to connect their smart keyboard to the iPad Pro. Apple notes in their granted patent: "the host device may be connected to an accessory device in order to share data, power, or both.
Apple further noted that "Embodiments of the present invention may provide contact structures for devices, where contacts in the contact structures may provide a sufficient normal force to provide a good electrical connection with corresponding contacts while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in a device, and where the contact structures may prevent or limit the ingress of fluid or debris into the device."
Apple's FIG. 9 below illustrates a contact structure.
Apple's granted patent 9,876,307 was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Their work on this is noted in the patent as going back to 2015, the year the iPad Pro was introduced.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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