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Rumored Finger-Mounted Control Device for Apple AR/VR Headset Surfaces in Patent Application

Thursday February 25, 2021 8:21 am PST by
Apple is researching a finger-mounted device with an array of sensors and haptic feedback, to be used as a control device for a mixed-reality headset, according to patent filings. The patent application, first spotted by Patently Apple, was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and resurfaced earlier today. Titled "Finger-Mounted Device With Sensors and Haptics," the filing...
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Apple's Research on Anti-Fingerprint Coatings Again Hints at Future Titanium Devices

Tuesday February 23, 2021 9:14 am PST by
Apple is researching how it can reduce the appearance of fingerprints and smudges on the metal surfaces of its products and has hinted yet again at the use of titanium for future Apple devices, according to newly-granted patent filings. Image via Dbrand The patent, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Oxide coatings for metal surfaces"...
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Apple Wins Patent for iPhone Display With Variable Refresh Rates Up to 240Hz

Tuesday February 16, 2021 6:33 am PST by
A new Apple patent published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes an iPhone display that, with high refresh mode enabled, may be capable of updating content at two times, three times, or even four times the native refresh rate, as reported by Patently Apple. For example, an ‌iPhone‌ with a 60Hz display would be able to increase its variable refresh rate to 120Hz, 180Hz, or...
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Apple's Work on Mixed Reality Headsets Revealed in New Patent Filings

Thursday February 11, 2021 9:46 am PST by
A number of Apple patent applications, published earlier today, appear to be directly related to its long-rumored mixed reality headset, covering a range of aspects including design elements, lens adjustment, eye-tracking technology, and even software. The patents, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Apple, were made public earlier today and seemingly relate to specific...
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Apple Researching High-End Titanium MacBook Casings With Unique Textured Finish

Tuesday January 26, 2021 7:10 am PST by
Apple is researching the use of processed titanium with unique properties for future MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones, according to a newly-granted patent application. In a filing titled "Titanium parts having a blasted surface texture," granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by Patently Apple, Apple explains how various devices could adopt titanium casings with a...
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Apple Researching iPhone Cases That Can Charge AirPods and Other Accessories

Tuesday January 12, 2021 8:24 am PST by
Apple is researching a number of unique iPhone cases that can charge AirPods, as well as other accessories, according to newly-granted patent filings. The patent, spotted by AppleInsider, titled "Cases and folios for carrying and charging accessories" and was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. While the patent predominantly "relates to a case for retaining a portable ...
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Apple Researching Wireless Charging Ecosystem for MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch

Tuesday January 5, 2021 8:27 am PST by
Apple is researching the integration of multiple inductive charging coils into MacBooks and iPads to use them as wireless chargers for other devices, according to a patent filed by Apple. The patent, spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Inductive charging between electronic devices" and was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apple has been researching device-to-device...
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Apple Researching Keyboards With Adaptive Displays on Each Key

Tuesday December 29, 2020 9:02 am PST by
Apple is researching keyboards with small displays on the keys to dynamically change the label on each key, according to a newly-granted patent filing. The filing, spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Electronic devices having keys with coherent fiber bundles" and was granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the final patent day of this year. The patent explains how...
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Future Apple Watch Could Gain Touch ID and Under-Display Camera

Tuesday December 15, 2020 8:13 am PST by
Apple is researching adding Touch ID and an under-display camera to the Apple Watch, according to two newly-published patent applications. The first patent, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was spotted by Patently Apple and is titled "Electronic device having sealed button biometric sensing system." In short, the filing explains how a ‌Touch ID‌ fingerprint scanner could ...
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Apple Researching a Matte Black Finish for MacBooks

Friday December 4, 2020 9:04 am PST by
Apple has filed a patent application for an intense light-absorbant matte black finish for a range of products, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook (via Patently Apple). Image via ColorWare The patent application, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is titled "Anodized Part Having a Matte Black Appearance," and outlines the characteristics of the finish and...
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Apple Patent Filing Reveals Dual Monitor Stand for Pro Display XDR

Thursday December 3, 2020 8:13 am PST by
A new patent filing reveals a much more versatile multi-display variant of Apple's Pro Stand for the Pro Display XDR. The extremely complex mechanical design seeks to address the shortcomings of existing multi-display solutions, offering easy and precise adjustment for up to two external displays. The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, is simply titled "Dual Display Stand," and was...
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Apple Could Add Force Touch Sensors to Future MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Friday November 27, 2020 1:55 am PST by
Apple could add Force Touch sensors to the OLED Touch Bar on a future MacBook Pro if a new patent application by the company ever comes to fruition. The original Apple Watch was the first device to feature Force Touch, which sensed extra pressure when users pressed firmly on the display, allowing them to access additional content and controls depending on the context. In 2015, Apple...
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Apple's AirTags Revealed in Newly Published Patent Applications

Thursday October 22, 2020 10:13 am PDT by
Two patent applications filed by Apple appear to depict the company's widely expected AirTags item trackers (via Patently Apple). The filings, which include a large number of images, are titled "Mounting Base for a Wirelessly Locatable Tag" and "Fastener with a Constrained Retention Ring," and describe a wirelessly locatable tag that can be used to determine the absolute location of an...
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Apple Still Pursuing VR-Based Vehicle Motion Sickness Solution With Contributions From Mark Rober

Thursday August 13, 2020 10:44 am PDT by
Back in 2018, it was revealed that noted YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober had been quietly working in Apple's special projects group on several projects related to virtual reality. While Rober has since left his position at Apple, the company has continued to pursue patent applications based on his team's work, and a newly published application today relates to the team's efforts...
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Apple Exploring Convex-Shaped Devices With Flexible Displays

Tuesday August 4, 2020 7:13 am PDT by
Apple is exploring the use of flexible displays to make convex devices, according to a new Apple patent filing published today. MacRumors concept The application titled "Electronic devices with convex displays," was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and builds a picture of how an Apple convex-shaped device may work. Apple devices such as iPhone 11 and ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro have...
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Apple Bone Conduction Hybrid System Solves Drawbacks, Reveals Patent

Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:15 am PDT by
A patent filing, discovered by AppleInsider, shows that Apple has developed a hybrid "combined" audio system using bone conduction technology. In a patent granted today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled "Multipath audio stimulation using audio compressors," Apple lays out its conception of an audio device that seeks to overcome the issues usually associated with bone...
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Apple Patent Suggests Two iPads Could Be Connected Together for Notebook-Style Computing

Tuesday July 28, 2020 6:25 am PDT by
Apple is exploring use of an accessory that would allow two iPads to connect together for notebook-style computing, according to a new patent filing uncovered by AppleInsider. The patent application titled "Modular multiple display electronic devices," filed today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, explains that when two iPads or iPhones are connected together via an accessory, one ...
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Apple Glasses Patent Suggests Any Surface Could Become a Virtual Touch Interface

Tuesday July 21, 2020 10:08 am PDT by
It's been increasingly clear that Apple has been working on an AR/VR Headset for the consumer market. Originally expected as early as 2020, the most recent rumors place its release in 2021 or 2022. But what's been less clear is the exact feature set a pair of AR/VR Apple Glasses will provide. Rumors have been scattered over the functionality with some internal debate about the direction of...
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Future Apple Pencil Could Have Sensor to Sample Colors From the Real World

Friday July 17, 2020 2:12 pm PDT by
Apple is exploring new Apple Pencil technology that could allow the device to sample colors from the real world to use in digital art, drawings, edits, and more, according to an Apple patent application published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office this week. Titled "Computer System With Color Sampling Stylus," the patent describes a computer stylus that "may have a color...
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Apple Patents Ability to Take Long Distance Group Selfies

Sunday June 7, 2020 3:50 pm PDT by
Apple has won a new patent that would allow for "synthetic group selfies," as mentioned by The Verge. Should this software be successfully developed, users would have the ability to take group selfies while not physically present with anyone. Based on the patent application, it appears a user could invite others to take part in a group selfie, and the individuals would be arranged...