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Apple Won 71 Patents Today covering Drop-Down Menus for iPads, Multi-fold iPhone Case, illuminated keys for Fabric Keyboards+

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 71 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover new drop down menus for the iPad using force touch; smart fabric that could bring light to fabric keyboards; a foldable case for a future iPhone; and a string of granted patents of interest. Our report also covers a design patent for AirPods case and as always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

 

iPad Pro: Force Touch Drop-Down Menus

 

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Apple has been granted patent 10,592,041 for a future iPad Pro with the ability to use drop down menus via force touch. In some embodiments, the device has a touch-sensitive display (also known as a "touch screen" or "touch screen display") that could be on an iPad, iPad Pro, MacBook or iPhone. In some embodiments, the user interacts with the GUI primarily through finger contacts and gestures on the touch-sensitive surface.

 

The patent figure above illustrates using force touch to initiate a drop-down menu on a future device with a touch screen like an iPad pro.

 

Foldable Case for use with an Electronic Device

 

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While Apple has introduced a new iPhone 11Pro Max Leather Folio, Apple's granted patent 10,591,956 describes a possible future iPhone case that folds more like a "Smart Cover for iPad."

 

Apple's patent FIG. 1 illustrates an iPhone; FIGS. 3A-C are a series of schematic views of an illustrative case for an iPhone; FIGS. 13A and 13B are end views of a folded over case defining a prism.

 

Other Granted Patents of Interest

 

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Apple has been granted patent 10,590,600 that relates to a future smart fabric based keyboard for the iPad or iPad Pro that will use smart fabric that is able to use multiple monofilaments to allow the keyboard letters and symbols to appear as if they have a backlight.

 

Apple's patent FIG. 2 above is a cross-sectional side view of illustrative fabric with strands of yarn that each contain multiple monofilaments #26 as shown above.

 

Other granted patents of interest issued to Apple today include: Optical system for head-mounted display; Headphone eartips with internal support components for outer eartip bodies; Displays with collimated light sources and quantum dots; and,  Instantaneous speaking of content on touch devices.

 

Apple Wins Design Patent for AirPods Case

 

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The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today

 

6  Apple's Remaining Granted Patents for Mar 17  2020 -

 

10.52FX - Granted Patent Bar

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