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... 

Apple Patents New Building Method for iOS Devices Made Entirely of Glass

After getting cozy with architecture and new ways to shape glass into an UFO shaped building, Apple is once again playing with methods to work with glass. This time they have a patent out for methods of building all glass iOS devices, including monitors and TV sets. The Cupertino company was granted this week a US patent that covers a method of fusing... 

Apple Gets 52 Patents Related to a Dual Connector iPad, Hybrid iPhone Display, 3D Remote

Apple just got a bunch of patents this week, related to quite a few of its products, including the iPad and iPhone. The US Patent and Trademark Office published a series of the 52 newly granted patents for Apple, with the most interesting one being a hybrid electronic paper and video display. This invention related to displaying visual content on a... 

Apple Patents New Display Technology for Improved “iPen” Detection

Back in the day when Steve Jobs was at the helm of Apple he didn’t hesitate to express his lack of sympathy for the stylus concept. He called the whole thing dumb and didn’t see a point for it, but now it appears we’re getting closer and closer to the iPen. In the future lawyers or medics will be able to mark up documents on their... 

Apple Patents 3D Hologram Display System With Gesture Input Support (Video)

Apple has patented a new 3D hologram technology, that also includes gesture input in the mix. The concept is based on the mirror box type design, working with digital images instead of physical objects. The 3D display is able to project a hologram-like image above a light source. For that task it uses a combo of two parabolic mirrors, joined like an... 

Apple Patent Hints at Solar Powered Touchscreens, Dual Screen Laptops

Apple has a very strange patent outed, one that seems to refer to a dual screen laptop with a second screen mounted on the outside of the casing. That screen would have multiple laminated layers, that offer a touchscreen interface and also sollar cell functionality. This means Apple could be considering new laptops that are solar powered and with touchscreen... 

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