Apple Patents

Apple Wins Patent for Automated Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has today awarded a new patent to Apple, that describes an automated electric vehicle (EV) charging station which does not require manual connection of the vehicle to the station (via Patently Apple). Apple’s systems and methods described in the patent allow an electric vehicle to connect to a charging station...

Apple Patent for Keyboard Accessory Hints at Hybrid iPad/Mac Device

[caption id="attachment_373207" align="aligncenter" width="938"] Image: Patently Apple[/caption] The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) has granted Apple a new patent for a next-generation keyboard accessory for the iPad that appears to support multiple installation modes (via Patently Apple). Some of the figures included in the patent are particularly interesting as they showcase a macOS or...

Apple Working on Guidance System for Autonomous Vehicles with iPhone Controls

The US Patent & Trademark Office has today published an Apple patent application relating to an advanced "Guidance System” for autonomous vehicles, that includes user precision gesturing on an iPhone, Patently Apple is reporting. Apple notes that providing interfaces for the guidance of self-driving vehicles that are intuitive and easy to use may prove challenging....

Apple Patent Details Standalone Water Detector for iPhone, Apple Watch

[caption id="attachment_371383" align="aligncenter" width="1012"] Image: Patently Apple[/caption] The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) on Thursday published a patent application from Apple for a new next-gen, stand-alone water detector with a sensor and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membrane architecture — reports Patently Apple. "The stand-alone device can be used to replace a system-level venting membrane to...

Apple Patent Details Wristband with Next-Gen Blood Pressure Measurement System

In a new patent application published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple details a next-gen blood pressure measurement system in a reconfigurable wristband, that could also include Apple Watch functionality (via Patently Apple). The application covers ambulatory blood pressure measurement cuff and related methods that employ a support band that can...

Apple Patent Details Exterior Lighting, Warning Systems for Self-Driving Cars

The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has today published a newly granted Apple patent titled "Exterior Lighting and Warning System," that details controls used in steering, braking, and accelerating an autonomous vehicle (via Patently Apple). The patent explains how the vehicle's sensors will gather information on vehicle speed, orientation, and position. The sensors may also gather information...

Apple Invents New Deployable Feature for Future MacBooks

According to a new patent application published today by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has invented a new deployable feature for future MacBooks, that can function either as a support structure for the base, or as a venting system to keep the MacBook running cooler (via Patently Apple). Apple's invention details a MacBook...

Apple Patent Reveals How Display-Embedded Touch ID Will Work

A new Apple application published today by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) reveals an enhanced under-display fingerprint sensing technology, giving us an idea of how the company wants to incorporate embedded Touch ID feature in its devices (via Patently Apple). Based on off-axis angular light, Apple’s under-display fingerprint-sending system consists of active red-green-blue...

Apple Developing Finger Accessories to Make 3D Air Gestures

The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has today published a continuation patent from Apple related to the development of a slip-on finger sensor device for controlling content seen on the display of a VR headset, Patently Apple is reporting. The original patent, which was granted to Apple in November 2020, detailed a finger-mounted device with optical...

Apple Wins Patent for Reconfigurable Mac Keyboards

Apple has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a reconfigurable keyboard for Macs, that could quickly accommodate gaming and change of languages, PatentlyApple is reporting. Apple explains how it may be desirable to reconfigure keyboards dynamically to accommodate input for different languages, or to temporarily convert a standard...

Apple Developing Head-Mounted Display Device for Prescription Glasses

The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) had just published a patent application from Apple, that details a unique Head-Mounted Display (HMD) device system that could work with prescription lenses, Patently Apple is reporting. An HMD is a display device that includes one or more display modules for displaying graphics to the user. Apple seems...