Apple Won 51 Patents Today covering the Mac Pro Form Factor, a next-gen HMD Peripheral, Several Design Patents & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to the Mac Pro's architectural form factor and a peripheral device designed to work with a future Head Mounted Display Device. Our report also covers a series of design patents for adapters, headphones, the Apple Watch Crown 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.
Mac Pro Architectural Form Factor
The focus of Apple's granted patent 10,813,236 is on the Mac Pro's Architecture that includes a tubular frame to receive and support electronic components and a shell that defines a portion of the exterior surface of the device and an internal volume sized to encompass the electronic components and tubular frame. The shell can be removably attachable to the tubular frame by a user actuated locking mechanism. Apple mentions "the tubular frame" 26 times in their patent claims which is the heart of any patent.
Patently Apple first covered Apple's first granted patent for this architecture in 2019. In today's granted patent Apple updates their patent claims.
One such addition is: "a second tubular top frame member disposed outside the internal volume and connected to an end of each of the second pair of tubular support members through an opening defined by the top panel; and at least one of the left panel or the right panel configured to be removable from a portion of the enclosure and the tubular frame." Others claims cover aspects of the "rear panel" and more.
Peripheral Device for a Future Headset
Patently Apple posted a patent application patent report back in April 2020 titled "Apple Invents a Peripheral Device for a Future Headset that will enable users to move objects via a Virtual Trackpad" Today Apple was granted patent 10,809,910 for this invention. Apple's granted patent generally relates to computer-generated reality (CGR) environments, and more specifically to techniques for remote touch detection.
Apple's invention covers techniques for remote touch detection using a system of multiple devices, including a peripheral device that is placed on a physical surface such as the top of a table. With these techniques, a user can interact with virtual objects by performing touches on a physical surface.
In some embodiments, a method comprises the use of a camera sensors to obtain information about a virtual object or an augmented object seen through the Head Mounted Display device. A second method is that the system provides a virtual trackpad allowing users to move objects seen in the mixed reality headset and to use gestures like swiping or tapping.
In addition, the system may have a projection system that projects virtual objects into the physical environment, for example, as a hologram or on a physical surface, so that a person, using the system, perceives the virtual objects superimposed over the physical environment.
Apple's patent FIGS. 6 and 7 below illustrate additional examples of remote touch detection in a CGR environment. Here you're able to see how the user is able to use a virtual trackpad to move the photo sideways to upright using a simple hand gesture.
Apple's patent FIGS. 11-12 above illustrates an alternative example of a system comprising a head-mounted display device and a peripheral device for enabling remote touch detection via infrared emitters instead of cameras to detect objects.
Apple's Key Design Patents Granted Today
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today