Your next iGadget? Check Apple patents (images)

Your next iGadget? Check Apple patents (images)

Summary: While Apple is shrouded in secrecy over its upcoming devices, there's one place that can give clues: The US Patent and Trademark Office.

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    iPad cover/charger

    This recent patent application called "Integrated Inductive Charging In Protective Cover" would turn the cover of an iPad into a wireless charger. This would work with the cover, gaining power from inductive power coils or a battery to recharge the iPad effortlessly.

    Read more details from CNET.

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    Proximity detection

    In February, Apple was awarded a patent for a proximity sensor for the iPhone and iPad. The proximity sensor patent, first filed in 2005, covers technology related to detecting one or more touches and differentiating between whether the touches are light or hard, among other capabilities. This could have been a clue to the introduction of the iPad in 2007. Check out more on CNET.

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    Slide to unlock

    No patent is permanent. Apple was originally granted a slide-to-unlock patent in Germany in 2011. In February 2012, Apple was awarded a permanent injunction against several Motorola mobile devices for violating the slide-to-unlock patent. But that was delayed in March, pending a court review.

    In April, a German court invalidated the patent, ruling that the slide-to-unlock feature lacked the technical innovation to be granted a patent.

    In addition, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved Apple's patent application for "ornamental design for a display screen or portion thereof with a graphical user interface". It refers to the rounded corners found at the bottom of locked iOS screens. A judge with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled last October that Samsung had violated Apple's iPhone design patent.

    And this legal mess is sure to drag on until a final decision is made.

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  • Apple? I thought they were "doomed"

    Or so we are being told by some ZDNet forum participants. And there's NO developer interest in iOS anymore. Absolutely none. Zilch. Zero. None whatsoever. Nobody's going to WWDC this year.
    Smalahove
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      bhaitoqeer
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  • The title of this article should be...

    "Your next Android feature? Check Apple's patents."

    There are several half-baked features offered by many Android vendors (namely: Samesung) that Apple has been working on patents for over several years.

    Facial recognition and security features, the failed demo for Android that was rushed to market:
    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2009/07/advanced-face-detection-recognition-security-system-coming-to-iphone.html

    Apple's patent application was published in 2009.

    Even though Apple has been working on this for quite some time, Android rushed it out. When Apple finally perfects it and starts offering it for iOS devices, the Android community will cry foul, saying Apple is copying Android, "again."

    Google Glass? Apple's been working on the concept since 2006.
    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/07/apple-working-on-advanced-display-for-future-video-glasses.html

    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2009/09/apple-wins-stunning-patent-for-new-ipod-video-headset-display-1.html

    If/when Apple finally releases their version, the Android camp will cry foul again.
    redgeminipa
    • wow so interesting

      So wait just because Apple filed patents for certain technology before it was released on Android makes android the ones copying? You must be 5 layers of stupid to believe that. Do you really think that the Devs at Google and Samsung could just make a feature in 8 hours or something? Even if they did copy the idea from apple they obviously have better developers or apple wasn't planning on introducing it. Cause lets face it, Steve jobs if anything was a very good marketer. Android just best apple to the punch. Simple as that. Besides Android is only getting better while iOS is beginning to stagnate
      rackshatta
      • And...

        You're the one that's 5 layers of stupid. 2009 to 2012 is 3 years, not "8 hours" as you said. Plenty enough time to do it.

        Apple has no problem holding out on a feature until the technology is there. The iPhone 5 with LTE is a perfect example. They waited for the 2nd Gen. LTE chipsets that are much smaller and much, much more efficient. I'd rather wait for a feature to be better perfected, instead of being a beta tester like many Android owners are for many of its features.

        Considering Android (Google-owned) wasn't even around in 2006, draw your own conclusion.

        As I said, the Android fans will cry foul. Thanks for proving my point.
        redgeminipa
        • Do a little Googling first...

          http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034723/android-founder-we-aimed-to-make-a-camera-os.html

          So, Android wasn't even around in 2006 huh?

          Okay, so a pitch to investors for Android's photo cloud storage capabilities was made in 2004, Google acquired Android in 2005, iPhone was absolutely no where in the picture up until 2007 and yet, you say Android wasn't even around in 2006.

          Please try a little research before making a statement on the Web or hey, try doing a little Googling since Apple doesn't have its own search engine.

          iOS is a dated, stagnant and outdated product and poorly executed so please stop your rhetoric.
          dinodxynez
        • Just wait a little longer...

          I applaud your patience to wait until something is perfected before buying into it. By the way, have you bought a car yet? I'm guessing you're still walking, barefoot.
          timgesner@...
        • LTE ????? Not sure that's a good example.

          I'm sure HTC, Samsung and others have claimed many infringements there, and wasn't there some question over 'licencing' the hardware. I know it's easy to forget the truth and it can spoil a good story but that's life.

          How any of this rubbish in the article constitutes a patentable entity is beyond me; Looks more like a random memory dump on the back of a fag packet to me.

          ps LG have already brought curved OLED to market but no doubt Apple will claim that infringes their slightly smaller 'wrap around' patent. Especially as you can reasonably assume a 16:9 aspect ratio from the kids sketches. LOL. You probably agree and are already waving the banners.
          johnmckay
  • This is not "news" it's "olds"

    This patent has already been "reported' (belatedly) by ZDNet. And copious volumes of prior art have been already posted in response. Nothing to see here, move along.
    Mr. Copro Encephalic to You
  • So, the old business model is continued

    that is, repackaging others' poorly-presented hardware via look-and-feel "innovation".

    But others are increasingly better in packaging their own hardware in a marketable format, so where does this leave Apple?
    csomole
  • Since when are Apple secrets at the patent office "news"?

    ... Apple patent applications have been scrutinized for years and many have come and gone that never produced anything substantive, or at least which anything that was planned for the immediate future.

    CBS Marketwatch reported this wraparound iPhone thing with a much more cautious outlook that its probably a few generations away.
    Playdrv4me
  • Wow! A Billion in R&D over a few months.

    Big players need to spend more than that on R&D!
    Rob.sharp
  • I just don't get it

    Why do I need a wrap around screen again? My eyes are still in the same spot they've always been. One on each side of the bridge of my nose. Am I supposed to carry a mirror also to use this phone? And will just holding it cause it to do things on it's own? Sorry but I just don't get it. Seems like a useless WOW factor to me. Guess I'll stick to a one sided phone.
    67cougargt
  • No.. You're the one that's five layers of stupid.

    WTF.. all this bitching and moaning by fanbois is annoying as hell.. Grow up you turds. Everyone copies everyone. Moreover, they're all copying Roddenberry, Asimov, Clarke and Stan Lee for that matter.. WTF.. I was reading about this shit, ALL OF IT when I was a kid 30+ years ago... Get over it.
    wasabitobiko