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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.