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Report: Apple Received Over 2,500 US Patents in 2023

Tuesday January 9, 2024 3:18 am PST by
Apple was granted 2,536 patents in the United States last year, surpassed by only six other companies, IFI Claims reports. In its rankings of the top 50 U.S. patent assignees in 2023, IFI Claims Patent Services shows that Apple was granted 251 more patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2023 compared to the previous year, an 11% increase. This moved the company one place up the...
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Apple Explores iPhone 'Privacy Screens', Macs With Adjustable Viewing Angles

Wednesday November 22, 2023 5:56 am PST by
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth report highlighting instances of thieves watching iPhone owners enter their passcode before stealing the device in order to gain access to the device, data, and money. With knowledge of the ‌iPhone‌'s passcode, a thief can easily reset the victim's Apple ID password in the Settings app, even if Face ID or Touch ID is enabled....
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Removable Key That Works as a Mouse Could Come to Future MacBook

Tuesday October 10, 2023 9:54 am PDT by
Apple has researched a MacBook keyboard that features a removable key designed to be used as a precision mouse, according to a newly granted patent application. The patent, first spotted by AppleInsider, is titled "Deployable Key Mouse." Apple first applied for the patent in 2021 and it was today granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent envisages a seemingly...
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Future Apple Watch Sensors May Match Watch Face Color to Your Band and Clothes

Wednesday August 23, 2023 3:31 am PDT by
Apple is considering adding color sampling sensors to future Apple Watch models that would allow watch faces to match the color of the user's band and clothing (via Apple Insider). In a patent this week granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, titled "Electronic Devices with Color Sampling Sensors," Apple describes how light sensors under the Apple Watch display could measure the...
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Apple Researching AirPods Case With Built-in Interactive Touchscreen

Monday April 3, 2023 9:02 am PDT by
Apple has designs on a future AirPods case featuring a built-in touchscreen display that would enable users to control audio sources and interact with apps associated with the connected device, according to a newly published patent. Filed by Apple in September 2021 and published last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, "Devices, Methods, and Graphical User Interface Interactions...
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Apple Exploring Viability of Foldable Devices With Touch-Sensitive Chassis

Thursday February 16, 2023 5:52 am PST by
Apple has been awarded yet another patent for a foldable device, with the latest embodiment featuring a clamshell design with touch-sensitive areas on the sides that serve as virtual buttons (via CNBC). Filed by Apple in April 2021 and approved this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the new patent explores ideas for "Electronic Devices With Display and Touch Sensor Structures"...
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Apple Patents Apple Pencil That Can Sample Colors From Real-World Surfaces

Monday January 2, 2023 11:44 pm PST by
Apple has patented a possible next-generation Apple Pencil that can sample colors from the real world and then input that same color onto an iPad, as well as other features, including the ability to sample textures. The patent, reported by Patently Apple, describes an ‌Apple Pencil‌ with color sensors built into the tip of the pencil that can sample the surface of real-world objects and...
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Backlit Apple Logo Could Make a Comeback on Future MacBooks

Monday October 31, 2022 9:33 am PDT by
Apple could be considering a return of the iconic backlit Apple logo on future MacBook models, if a newly published patent is anything to go by. Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash Once a common sight in coffee shops everywhere, the glowing emblem of an Apple logo featured on the lids of many Mac laptops launched in the early 2000s, but its demise in 2015 could turn out to be relatively...
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'High-Accuracy' Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling

Wednesday August 10, 2022 6:39 am PDT by
Apple has been granted a patent for a temperature sensor suitable for the Apple Watch, just weeks before the company is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 with body temperature sensing capabilities. The newly granted patent, spotted by MyHealthyApple, was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is titled "Temperature gradient sensing in electronic devices."...
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Redesigned AirPods Max Smart Case Potentially Revealed in Apple Patent

Tuesday July 5, 2022 5:58 am PDT by
Apple has been granted a patent that could well hint at a new design direction for the controversial Smart Case that comes with Apple's AirPods Max (via Patently Apple). When Apple unveiled its $549 high-end ‌AirPods Max‌ headphones last year, the included Smart Case stirred up plenty of online chatter for its odd appearance and poor overall protection when compared to the traditional hard...
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Apple Patents Dual 'Pro Stand' for Studio Display and Pro Display XDR

Tuesday June 28, 2022 7:01 am PDT by
Apple has won a patent for a dual monitor stand that appears to be based on the "Pro Stand" design option for the Studio Display and Pro Display XDR. The patent filing first surfaced in 2020, but now the United States Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted Apple the patent. The granted patent, spotted by Patently Apple, is simply titled "Dual Display Stand," and details a...
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Apple Patent Suggests Future iPad Could Transform Into macOS-Like Experience When Attached to a Keyboard

Friday May 6, 2022 6:26 am PDT by
A new Apple patent has suggested that a future iPad or version of iPadOS could include the ability to transform the tablet into a macOS-like user experience when it's attached to an external keyboard. The patent, first reported by Patently Apple, is wide-ranging in its potential implementation. Apple regularly patents dozens of ideas, and only very few ever see the light of day. Nonetheless, ...
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Apple Researching Mirror Finish and Charging Stands for Mixed-Reality Headset

Wednesday April 27, 2022 7:47 am PDT by
Apple is researching a one-way mirror finish, wireless charging systems, and charging stands for headset devices, according to newly granted patent applications. In a patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office simply called "Display system," first spotted by Patently Apple, Apple outlines how a head-mounted display device may be wirelessly charged via inductive coils placed...
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Apple Imagines Mac-Inside-a-Keyboard Device Evocative of 80s Home Computers

Friday February 25, 2022 4:59 am PST by
Apple is exploring the possibility of integrating a fully functioning Mac within a keyboard, reminiscent of home computers of the 80s, such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Image credit: Vissles The concept was revealed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a new Apple patent application called "Computer in an input device," which describes a thicker Magic Keyboard-style...
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Apple Could Add User Authentication to AirPods

Thursday January 27, 2022 7:05 am PST by
Apple is exploring methods to bring user authentication to AirPods, a newly published Apple patent application shows. In a patent application titled "User Identification Using Headphones," filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by Patently Apple, Apple explains how it can authenticate AirPods users using other nearby devices, ultrasonic signals, voice...
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Apple Stores Could Stop Thieves With New Security Measures

Tuesday January 11, 2022 7:29 am PST by
Apple is exploring new security measures for Apple retail stores in an attempt to discourage and prevent smash-and-grab robberies. In a patent titled "Product-Display System" filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, spotted by Patently Apple, Apple details a number of mechanical systems for securing iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The proposal effectively involves...
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Apple Researching All-Glass iPhone and Apple Watch Designs

Thursday November 18, 2021 8:55 am PST by
Apple has furthered its research on devices with all-glass enclosures, a newly granted patent filing shows. The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Electronic device with glass enclosure" and was granted to Apple by the United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier today. The research focuses on electronic devices with six-sided glass enclosures and glass casings that...
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Apple Patent Offers Sketch of Possible Notch Implementation in New MacBook Pros

Sunday October 17, 2021 2:49 am PDT by
Following the last-minute rumor that Apple's upcoming new MacBook Pro models could feature a notch at the top of the display, much of the online discussion has involved concerns that such a notch would encroach on the active screen area, potentially eating into the macOS menu bar. MacRumors concept render of notched MacBook Pro display However, it's worth noting that Apple has explored ways...
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Future MacBook Could Feature Removable Key That Works as a Mouse

Thursday August 19, 2021 9:32 am PDT by
Apple is researching a MacBook keyboard that features a removable key to be used as a precision mouse, according to a newly published patent application. The patent application, first spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Deployable Key Mouse" and was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The filing envisages a standard-looking MacBook scissor-system keyboard that features a...
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Apple Develops Innovative Hydration Sensor for the Apple Watch

Tuesday August 17, 2021 9:45 am PDT by
Apple has developed a first-of-its-kind hydration sensor designed for the Apple Watch, a company patent filing has revealed. The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, is titled "Hydration measurement with a watch" and was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. "Traditional techniques for tracking hydration are generally invasive, expensive, or unreliable," according to Apple. ...