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Apple won 63 Patents today for Intelligent Apple Watch Input Management, a Different kind of Auto-Correction Spelling Feature +

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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 briefly cover patents relating to Apple Watch management and a faster way of correcting typing errors. 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.


Input Management for Apple Watch


User interface features are often provided on electronic devices to allow a user to provide commands for execution by the devices. However, some traditional portable electronic devices, particularly wearable electronic devices, may be acted upon unintentionally. In such cases, the devices may proceed to perform an action that is associated with activation of a button, even when the activation occurs unintentionally. Apple's granted patent remedies this.


Apple's granted patent covers wearable devices that can be provided with an ability to detect whether a tactile input provided to an input component is intentional or unintentional. For example, a wearable device can analyze the context in which a tactile input is received, such as attributes of the tactile input and/or operational parameters of the wearable device at the time the tactile input is received. By further example, a wearable device can infer whether a tactile input is a result of an activity, such as exercising, random movement, or collision with an object. The wearable devices can accept or reject the tactile input and determine whether an action associated with the tactile input should be performed.


Various types of contextual information can be used to determine whether a tactile input should be accepted or rejected. Attributes of a tactile input, such as duration of a tactile input and/or duration between tactile inputs, can be considered. Further, operational parameters, such as display state, orientation, and/or motion, of the wearable electronic device can be considered.


Apple's patent FIG. 3 illustrates that the patent relates to Apple Watch; FIG. 4 illustrates a position of a user's arm/hand that could inadvertently trigger unintentional input; FIG. 7 shows a flow chart of an exemplary method.


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For more details, review Apple's granted patent 10,969,866.


Intelligently Deleting Back to a Typographical Error


After a user inputs a sequence of characters, an error may be identified being in the middle of the sequence of characters. Currently, a user can correct the entire sequence of characters via an auto-correction function, which sometimes fails to provide replacement words that accurately reflect what the user intends to input. A user can also manually delete, character-by-character, the characters up to the position where an input error starts.


What is needed in the art are methods and systems that allows a user to efficiently delete characters corresponding to an input error and restart/continue inputting characters.


Apple's granted patent covers methods and systems that allow a user, when entering a string of input characters, to remove multiples input characters at one time back to where a typographical error occurs in the string. The method offers improvement over the current character-by-character deletion method where a user hits a deletion key multiple times to remove input characters that include the typographical error.


In one aspect, the methods disclosed herein analyze the string of input characters on a character-by-character basis and detects when the string of input characters starts to diverge from known words. In some embodiments, data concerning commonly occurring typographical errors and word usage are considered when determining the location of the typographical error.


In another aspect, the methods disclosed herein analyze the string of input characters to predict a word that is intended by the user entering the string. The location of one or more typographical errors can then be identified by comparing the intended word with the string of input characters entered by the user.


Apple's patent FIG. 2B below is an example user interface for receiving strings of input characters, illustrating possible ways to present to-be-deleted input characters.


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For more details, review Apple's granted patent 10,970,481.


The Remaining Patents Granted to Apple Today


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