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Topic: patent

Future Apple gloves could use ultrasonics to re-implement Force Touch

03/04/2021, 11:03 am

Rather than reintroducing the previous Force Touch where a surface detects pressure, Apple is investigating how wearables such as gloves can turn regular surfaces into touch-sensitive ones, perhaps for Apple AR.

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Apple examining ways to detect light through a display for Face ID, Touch ID

03/04/2021, 10:03 am

Apple is continuing to refine its work on light sensors that could work through a display, likely for use in a future version of Face ID or Touch ID on an iPhone.

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Apple researching how to integrate a display into fabric, like the HomePod covering

03/04/2021, 09:03 am

Apple is researching how to make the fabric covering of a HomePod, or HomePod mini, also include a way to provide information to the user.

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MagSafe connector could return and replace Lightning on iPhone

03/02/2021, 12:03 pm

Apple's MagSafe connector that it popularized on the MacBook Pro could make a return in the future, with Apple researching the use of a revised version as a replacement to Lightning as it potentially moves to a "portless" iPhone design.

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Apple researching how to make 'Apple Glass' self cleaning

02/25/2021, 08:02 am

Future head-mounted displays, such as "Apple Glass" may automatically remove dust obstructing the wearer's view.

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Apple testing method could boost reliability, quality of microLED displays

02/23/2021, 10:02 am

Apple is developing a method to provide better quality control for microLED displays, which carry a number of benefits over OLED and could be used in future devices like an Apple Watch or iPhone.

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Future AirPods could use ultrasonics to detect proper ear positioning

02/23/2021, 07:02 am

A future model of AirPods may be able to detect when they are not properly seated in a user's ear using ultrasonic ranging, and either alert the wearer, or reroute the audio to another device.

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Maxell sues Apple again over FaceTime and other iPhone features

02/20/2021, 05:02 pm

Electronics producer Maxell has filed another lawsuit against Apple, once more accusing it of infringing on 12 patents through FaceTime and photographic features of the iPhone, iPad, and other hardware.

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Apple evaluating tunable lens & software combo to improve wearable AR performance

02/18/2021, 11:02 am

Apple is researching how to blend virtual objects more seamlessly into the real world with "Apple Glass," and how to correctly display AR at the periphery of a wearer's view.

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New Apple technology could lead to in-screen Face ID, no notch

02/18/2021, 09:02 am

Apple is researching how to embed sensors into display panels, potentially enabling both Touch ID, and Face ID without a notch.

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Apple working on use of array of iPhone cameras for 360 degree photography

02/18/2021, 08:02 am

Apple is investigating ways to join images from many iPhone cameras, and optionally to control all those devices simultaneously to capture a 360-degree image.

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Apple doubles down on self-driving safety research for 'Apple Car'

02/16/2021, 09:02 am

A series of newly-granted patents show that Apple aims to make extensive and automatic safety features a key focus of the design of the forthcoming "Apple Car."

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Switchable Apple Pencil nibs could change its functionality

02/16/2021, 09:02 am

Apple is investigating how a future Apple Pencil could offer more variety to its users, by having interchangeable nibs that can change what the stylus can do.

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Apple investigating glass ear cups for AirPods Max

02/16/2021, 07:02 am

Glass can shatter when dropped, but Apple is investigating the use of it for future AirPods Max because it looks great -- and can have better acoustic properties that aluminum.

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Apple refining AR and VR tech, including sensors to detect food freshness

02/11/2021, 11:02 am

Apple is refining technology for use in a head-mounted device like the rumored "Apple Glass," including infrared sensors that could be used to measure the freshness or calorie content of food.

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Apple looks to make sleep tracking unobtrusive with slim bed sensors

02/11/2021, 09:02 am

Building on existing systems that monitor sleep through placing a sensor on top of the mattress, Apple is researching how to get more data and do so with less discomfort for the sleeper.

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Apple developing new terahertz radiation sensor tech for non-invasive glucose monitoring

02/11/2021, 07:02 am

A series of new patent applications backs up recent claims that Apple will introduce the ability for a future Apple Watch to monitor glucose using terahertz electromagnetic radiation without the need to draw blood.

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'Apple Glass' may be able to tell when you're distracted, or paying attention

02/04/2021, 09:02 am

Apple's forthcoming "Apple Glass" could feature systems that register dilated pupils, and so alter brightness to provide a comfortable viewing experience and monitor the user's attention.

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Apple may have a solution for fraying Lightning cables

02/04/2021, 08:02 am

If you've ever had an iPhone Lightning cable in your car, you already know how fragile they are. Apple may now have a solution that could also protect any kind of cable.

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Future Apple Watch display and chassis may boost all wireless receptions

02/04/2021, 07:02 am

Apple is investigating making essential Apple Watch components, such as the display, do double duty by incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, UWB, or other antenna functions.

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