Apple Won 70 Patents Today Covering an iPhone with a Foldable Display, Motion Tracking UI, In-Cell OLED Displays & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 70 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that will allow a future iPhone or mini tablet to be foldable. Apple was also granted patents for a motion tracking or head-tracking UI in addition to an in-cell display which allows touch to be integrating into the display. Our report also covers a design patent for Apple's 'Smart Connector and 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: Foldable iPhone
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention that relates to electronic devices that may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. The display may overlap the bend axis.
To facilitate bending of the display about the bend axis, the display may have one or more layers such as an outer display cover layer with grooves or other recesses. The display cover layer may be formed from glass or other transparent materials. The recesses may form a flexible portion in a display layer that allows glass or other transparent materials of the display layer to bend about the bend axis.
Apple's granted patent 10,020,462 was filed in Q2 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For more details you could check out Patently Apple's January 2017 report titled "Apple's Third Major Folding iPhone Invention has come to Light Illustrating a Dual Fold-Out/Fold-In Form Factor."
Granted Patent: Motion Tracking UI
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to a method to transition focus of a display corresponding to an object's motion tracked by a video camera or like device is disclosed. Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is a screenshot showing a visual tracking of an object, namely, a user's head by a camera or a like device.
Apple's patent FIG. 3 above is a screenshot showing a visual tracking of a target zone of a user's head moving from one position to another position.
Apple's granted patent 10,019,056 was filed in Q3 2017 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Apple was granted their first patent for this invention last April. Apple has been working on this motion tracking invention since 2009.
Granted Patent: In-cell Touch for OLED
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to touch sensing, and more specifically to integrating touch circuitry into a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) pixel stackup. Touch screens can include a touch sensor panel, which can be a clear panel with a touch-sensitive surface, and a display device such as a an Organic Light-Emitting Diode display (OLED) display) that can be positioned partially or fully behind the panel so that the touch-sensitive surface can cover at least a portion of the viewable area of the display device. OLED displays are becoming more widespread with advances in OLED technology.
Apple's patent FIG. 5 above is a three-dimensional illustration of an exploded view (expanded in the z-direction) of example display pixel stackups showing some of the elements within the pixel stackups of an example integrated touch screen; FIG. 6 shows partial circuit diagrams of some of the touch sensing circuitry within display pixels in a drive region segment and a sense region of an example touch screen.
Apple's granted patent 10,019,103 was originally filed in Q2 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The invention's history goes back to August 2014 and you could check out our report with more details here.
Apple Wins Design Patent for 'Smart Connector'
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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