Apple Gets Patent for “Cooperative Magnetic Attachment Systems”, That Could Stick Together iPad Pros

While we’re still waiting for the iPad Pro to come to life a new patent proposes the idea to stick two iPads together. Apple got a brand new patent this week that refers to an advanced magnetic attachment unit, that sticks two devices together, in this case two tablets. The documents refer to a system, method and apparatus for forming a cooperative... 

New Apple Patent Details Mobile App Data Sharing, Project Collaboration Via FaceTime

Apple has a very interesting patent granted today, one that covers a method through which two coworkers can cooperate at a distance using FaceTime layered on top or in the background of productivity apps. There’s also the ability to view each other’s screens during the FaceTime call. The patent granted by the USPTO refers to “interactive... 

Apple Looking Into New Smart Cover, With Smarter Features and New Gesture Controls for iPad

The future iPads may ditch the few physical buttons they do have, with Apple looking into new ways of interacting with the devices. Their patents have explored pressure input, holograms and gestures, but today we analyze a new Smart Cover. They want to allow quick access to the slate’s controls based on the position of the iPads’ Smart... 

Apple Gets New Patent for an iPen That Works on Paper, Too

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of the 35 patents that were granted to Apple on the last working day this year. One of them was the most interesting, having to do with digital pen input. This pen invention allows the user to write on paper and have his notes transferred to an iDevice like an iPhone or iPad. The Apple... 

Apple Files Yet Another Stylus Patent, Reaching No Less Than 32 in Total

Apple is getting busy on the stylus market somehow, in spite of Steve Jobs having previously said that nobody wants a stylus, as you probably know. well, Apple filed this year’s 10th stylus patent last week and now they’ve reached no less than 32 of them in total. Back in 2007 Steve Jobs said the famous quote “nobody wants a stylus”... 

Apple Patent Seems to Turn iPads and iPhones Into Smoke Detectors

Apple has a new patent out there, one that turns iPads and iPhones into smoke detectors, judging by what’s written in the official documents. We expected features of this kind ever since HomeKit became a thing and was a way for Apple to take control over your smart home. I should also mention that the “father of the iPod”, Tony Fadell... 

Apple Gets 44 New Patents Covering Sensing System, Maps and iPad Mini Design

The US Patent and Trademark Office was busy this week, when it published a series of 44 patents granted to Apple and focused on a series of interesting technologies. They’ve got to do with mapping, image compression and a possible future iPad frame build. The latter involves using composite materials that could make the design even lighter. Also,... 

Apple Wins Flexible Display Patent With Unique Features

Apple is on a roll, getting a lot of patents recently, but this one interests us the most. I’m talking about a flexible display patent shown below and this one includes unique features. The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 new patents awarded to Apple, among which there are a few documents about flexible screens. The... 

Apple Gets Patent for Backside iPad Gaming Controls

It’s no secret that the iPads are beating consoles as the favourite gaming platforms for children and adults. Apple may just want to expand this segment, as shown by a new patent, that focuses on backside iPad gaming controls. It’s not only Apple that’s looking into that, since last month Microsoft was said to be considering a splittable... 

iPad Air Smart Case Design Patents Awarded to Apple in China

Back in 2012 Apple chose to quietly introduce accessories for the iPad, including the iPad Smart Case. That case covers the slate from front to back and also includes the standard Smart Cover functionality of the original iPad cover. This week brought us a patent grant for Apple in China, regarding no less than 4 iPad Smart Cover designs. Those design... 

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