Apple Won 49 Patents Today Covering an iPhone with a Liquid Metal Wraparound Display, an Advanced Apple Pencil and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 49 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's patent wins for a possible future iPhone with a wraparound display made from liquid metal glass, another one for an advanced Apple Pencil along with a few design patents covering MacBook and more. 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: iPhone with Wraparound Display
Apple says that conventional display configurations for smartphones or other devices may be satisfactory in certain situations, but can be unnecessarily limiting. Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to may have a hollow display cover structure. The hollow display cover structure may be formed from an elongated member having an inner surface. The hollow display cover structure may have the shape of a hollow cylinder, a hollow tube with an oval, triangular, or rectangular cross-sectional shape, or other hollow shapes. A material such as sapphire, other crystalline materials, or other transparent materials may be used in forming the hollow display cover structure. End caps may be attached to opposing ends of the hollow display cover structure.
Patently Apple covered the original patent filing back in 2013 in great detail. To review this invention and many of its patent figures, see our original report here. Apple's granted patent 9,921,608 was filed back in Q3 2015. The invention history goes back to 2012.
Granted Patent: Intelligent Stylus
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to touch sensing and more particularly, to providing an intelligent stylus for use with a touch sensitive device. The stylus sensing circuitry can include multiple sensors to sense information indicative of the stylus condition, a microcontroller to determine the stylus condition based on the sensed information, and a transmitter to transmit the determined condition to a corresponding touch sensitive device to cause some action based on the condition. The stylus's ability to determine its condition and provide that condition to the touch sensitive device advantageously improves touch and hover sensing and increases device capabilities.
The patent points to new features not available on today's Apple Pencil such as a camera, buttons to control aspects of the Apple Pencil and interchangeable tips for different brush effects.
Patently covered this original patent back in 2013, far ahead of when Apple introduced Apple Pencil in 2015. Review our original report for more details and many detailed patent figures here. Apple's granted patent 9,921,684 issued today.
Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Today
Apple was granted 8 design patents today. The key designs include 3 for the MacBook, one for the Sports Loop Apple Watch band (D813,076), one for the Apple Watch (Digital) Crown and another for an Apple Store layout design (D813, 411) – which is similar to the one granted to Apple last week.
Some of Apple's team credited for the design of the Apple Watch Crown in includes Jonathan Ive, Bartley Andre, Daniele Coster, Jeremy Bataillou, Robert Duncan, Peter Russell-Clarke, Rico Zorkendorfer and 18 others.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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