Apple Won 63 Patents today covering Fabrics and a Flexible Battery Design for use with possible future scrollable devices
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention of a flexible battery structure for a possible future scrollable Display based iDevice. Secondly, we cover three distinctly different fabric-based patents with one relating specifically to the use of Leather for Apple device covers for the iPhone MacBooks and more. 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.
Flexible Battery Structure
In late March 2018 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Six new 'AirPower' Inventions surfaced today along with an all-new Flexible Battery Design for Scrollable Displays. The 2018 patent was titled 'Flexible battery structure," which is the same title of today's granted patent 10,637,017. They share the same patent figures.
Apple's patent FIGS. 5A and 5B illustrate that the "flexible battery structure" is not for a foldable iPhone or iPad but rather a "scrollable device" where the rolled-up battery unfolds and flattens out.
More specifically, Apple's granted patent states that "the BMU [Battery Management Unit] and main logic board could both be packaged within a housing into which the flexible display is configured to retract by a retraction mechanism that results in the flexible display being wound around a cylindrical member within a housing. In this way, the flexible display and flexible battery can make the electronic device substantially more portable and easy to carry when not in active use." That is not describing a foldable device.
To help you visualize this device a little better while staying completely in context, see the image below which is from an Apple patent application report that we posted back in 2017 titled "Apple Enters Race with Samsung in Developing a Next Generation Scrollable Smartphone."
For those wanting to review today's granted patent, click here. At the end of the day, Apple's granted patent about a flexible battery structure is not about a foldable device which another Apple news site is claiming today. The context is about an Apple scrollable device.
Three Fabric Related Granted Patents
Today Apple was granted three fabric related patents with the latter patent covering the use of leather or future device cases for iPhones, MacBooks, Apple Watch straps and much more.
More specifically, Apple notes that their granted patent covers "A flexible light guide that may be attached to a lower surface of the leather. The light guide may be used to add structure and heft to a thinned portion of the leather while still allowing the leather to remain flexible and soft. The light guide may be attached to a lower surface of the leather and may diffuse and guide light from a light source towards the leather. The light guide may be formed from one or more waveguide 'pipes' or may be formed form a plate-light light guide layer that extends continuously under the leather."
You could review all three fabric related patents with the links provided below.
01: Devices having keyboards with fabric layers
02: Cosmetic integration of displays
03: Illumination systems for items with leather
The first round of patent figures below cover patent 10,635,186. Apple's patent FIG. 5 below is a top view of a portion of an illustrative keyboard key; FIG. 6 is a side view of illustrative equipment for forming embedded light-scattering structures in the interior of a key member.
In the second round of patent figures below covers patent 10,638,618. Apple's patent FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an illustrative lighting system having a light guide plate into which light from a light-emitting diode is emitted; FIG. 5 is a top view of an illustrative fabric covering layer; and FIG. 6 is a perspective view of an illustrative covering layer with an array of openings such as an array of micro-perforations.
In the third round of patent figures above covers patent 10,637,977. Apple's patent FIG. 4 above is a diagram of illustrative equipment of the type that may be used in processing structures for an electronic device; and FIG. 14 is a perspective view of an illustrative layer of leather with an illuminated region formed from a waveguide in the leather.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today