Apple Won 63 Patents Today covering Apple Watch Faces, Specialty Fabric for Keyboards & Beyond and more
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 a master patent for Apple Watch Faces that covers everything imaginable. We also cover a granted patent for fabric used in the iPad keyboard that could be used in future headphones, iDevice covers and more. The fabric is designed to absorb moisture, liquids and chemicals so as to protect device touch nodes from damage. Our report also presents four design patents 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.
Apple Watch Faces
Today, Apple was granted patent 10,788,797 titled "Clock faces for an electronic device that was originally filed in one year ago this week. If there's one master patent covering all-things Apple Watch faces, this is it with well over 100 patent figures covering every kind of Apple Watch face.
Overall, Apple patent covers Apple Watch faces in response to receiving a request to display a clock face. In accordance with a determination that a respective graphical element is to be displayed at a respective location on the clock face, the clock face includes a plurality of analog-dial graphical elements corresponding to respective units of time, where the plurality of analog-dial graphical elements includes a first analog-dial graphical element that occupies a first position and has a first size.
In accordance with a determination that the respective graphical element is not to be displayed at a respective location on the clock face, the clock face includes the plurality of analog-dial graphical elements corresponding to the respective units of time, and the first analog-dial graphical element of the plurality of analog-dial graphical elements occupies a second position and/or has a second size. In some embodiments, clock faces are reordered.
Apple covers various Apple Watch faces in groups such as one group covering "techniques for presenting and interacting with clock faces" or another for covering "processes." A few of Apple's patent figures are presented below.
iPad Keyboard with Special Fabric Protection
Today, Apple was granted patent 10,788,936 titled "Absorption correction for fabric touch sensing layer" that was filed for in Q3 2018. The patent relates to the iPad keyboards that are made of fabric and their advantages. Apple interestingly notes that their technology could also relate to future headphones (AirPods Studio), Apple Watch bands, iPhone/iPad cover accessories, vehicle seats, a MacBook, iMac and more.
Apple's granted patent notes that fabric touch-sensitive layers provided for electronic devices can absorb moisture, liquids or chemicals, which can cause drift in measurements of touch nodes formed in the fabric layer.
In some examples, reference nodes formed in a fabric layer can be used to account for drift due to the absorption of moisture, liquids or chemicals. The reference nodes can be isolated from the effects of proximate or touching objects and from absorption of moisture, liquids or chemicals. The reference nodes can also be formed in a fabric layer having the same or similar properties as the fabric touch-sensitive layers. When measurements of touch nodes drift due to changes in absorption, the measurements can be adjusted based on measurements of reference nodes.
Apple's patent FIG. 1A below illustrates an exemplary touch-sensitive input device, such as a touch-sensitive mechanical keyboard; FIG. 1B illustrates an exemplary simplified cross-sectional side view of an exemplary keyboard.
Apple Design Patents Granted Today
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today