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Apple updates a string of inventions covering an iPad with a Backside Display, Tamper-Evident Security labels for iTunes Gift Cards & more

1 cover - iPad with smaller backside display patent


Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a long string of invention updates covering an iPad with a backside display, tamper-evident security labels for iTunes Gift Cards, force touch for AirPods and many more. The first and main continuation covered is for security systems for concealing information. More particularly, the embodiments relate to peel-able, tamper-evident security labels for concealing visual information. This is used on Apple Gift Cards. The other patents covered only provide links to each of ten patents of interest.


Transaction cards may include visual information (e.g., an account number or authorization code) that is intended to remain hidden until the card is in the possession of its end user. Such visual information may be covered by a security label that conceals the visual information. The security label may be removed--ideally by the end user--to reveal the previously-concealed information.


Apple's patent relates to visual-information security systems for gift cards like the iTunes gift card that may include a tamper-evident information label configured to conceal information disposed on a substrate (e.g., a transaction card). The information security label may be peel-able, and may be configured to split apart during removal such that reapplication of the label is difficult once it has been removed, and such that an attempted re-application will be visually evident.


Apple's patent FIG. 3 below shows a visual-information security system having an information security label; FIGS. 4-6, in sequence, show a user removing the information security label of the visual-information security system of FIG. 3.


2 Apple App Store & iTunes Gift Card security system patent figures


The bottom two photos are of the backside of an Apple App Store & iTunes Gift Card with the security label being removed. Everything of Apple's is patented, even Gift Card systems.


Apple has updated this patent to better protect it against patent trolls by adding 20 new patent claims to patent 20210166587 titled "Peel-able, Tamper-Evident Security Label for Concealing Information. You could review the new claims here. The photos are from a Lifewire report on How to Add Apple Gift Cards to Wallet.


Due to COVID-19, there seems to be more "continuation patents" being filed by Apple recently as opposed to new inventions.


Below is list of a number of continuation patents that may interest engineers and geeks of every stripe. What's actually "new" and common to each of the patents below is that Apple has added new patent claims to better secure elements of their inventions. While generally reviewing the patent filings, specifically look for the "Claims" section of each patent linked to below for more details:


20210166609: Hybrid Architecture for Zero Border Display

20210166691: Intelligent Software Agent

20210168387: Gaze-Driven Recording of Video

20210168289: Optical Image Stabilization with Voice Coil Motor for Moving Image Sensor

20210168324: Detection and Display of Mixed 2D/3D Content


3 displaying 2&3D content


20210168506: Headphones [AirPods Max related]

20210168487: Force-Activated Earphone


4 force touch AirPods Pro


20210166490: Adaptive Vehicle Augmented Reality Display Using Stereographic Imagery. (See our granted patent report on this invention here.)


20210164776: Calibration of depth sensing using a sparse array of pulsed beams (We briefly covered this as a granted patent here.)


20210168281: Electronic Device with Image Capture and Stimulus Features (We covered this extensively as a granted patent back in February here.) Apple only added a single new patent claims as follows: " 1. A portable electronic device comprising: a camera; a first display; and a second display."


5 iPad with Backside Display


It's hard to believe that they'd file a continuation just to add a single, simple patent claim, but Apple legal obviously felt that it was necessary to simply spell out the invention in one concise claim.


10.51XF - Continuation Patent Report Bar


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