Apple Wins 50 Patents today covering a Next-Gen iPad Smart Cover with an Integrated Inductive Charging Transmitter & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 50 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible next generation iPad Smart Cover / Smart Keyboard with a built-in inductive charging transmitter to mate with a next gen iPad with an integrated Power receiver. In addition we cover an Apple Pencil that uses a 'Smart Connector' for recharging. Lastly we cover two Apple design patents covering 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.
Patent: iPad Cover with Built-In Inductive Charging
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to an iPad Smart Cover wherein the body portion of the cover includes an inductive power transmitter arranged to wirelessly pass power to a corresponding inductive power receiver unit disposed within the tablet device by inductively coupling, at least a first magnetic element, and at least a second magnetic element used to secure the body portion to the display in a closed configuration.
In the closed configuration the first magnetic element is detected by a sensor disposed within an iPad, the detection altering a current operating state of the iPad. The Smart Cover also includes an attachment mechanism for pivotally attaching the body portion to the iPad.
Apple's granted patent was originally filed in Q4 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
One of the inventors was Sr. Manager, iPad Product Design Stephen McClure who is now the Head of Hardware @ Building 8, Facebook. A second inventor is Justin Wodrich, Product Design Engineer at Apple who is now with Google as a Mechanical Design Engineer.
Patent: Apple Pencil & New Connector
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to input systems for electronic devices, and, more particularly, to the high-precision Apple Pencil that's operable with the iPad Pro.
The patent covers Apple Pencil including at least a body and a tip. The tip can be disposed at a first end of the body. Apple notes that "The tip can be configured to emit an electric field to be detected by an electronic device. Additionally, the tip is configured to receive a force when the tip touches the electronic device. Control circuitry may be positioned within the body. The control circuitry is configured to produce an electrical signal used to generate the electric field. A force-sensitive structure is positioned also within the body and is configured to produce a non-binary output in response to the force. Lastly, a rigid conduit within the body electrically couples the control circuitry to the tip and mechanically transfers the force to the force-sensitive structure."
Apple's patent FIG. 11A "depicts a stylus incorporating the power connector coupled to an electronic device." The contact group is now known as the iPad Pro's Smart Connector. Whether Apple will ever release a future Apple Pencil with such a connector is unknown at this time.
Apple's granted patent was originally filed in Q3 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Apple Store Related Design Patents
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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