The US Patent and Trademark office has published another patent application from Apple that shows MobileMe being used to sync more than just personal information. The patent describes how it could also be used to sync movie playback position between devices.
Apple has applied for a patent on a new technology that could greatly reduce the size of future devices. Titled Embedded die system and method, it describes a method for reducing the size of a device by embedding components into a connecting substrate like a motherboard or the device itself instead of attaching them to the surface.
A recently-published Apple patent suggests that the company is developing a more sophisticated method of telling whether a device such as an iPod or iPhone has been abused by its owner. According to AppleInsider, the patent, entitled “Consumer Abuse Detection System and Method,” describes a system of water, thermal, shock, and other sensors that may detect and record potential device abuse, while at the same time disabling certain components such as screens, hard drives, processor memory, and/or removable media in order to protect them from damage.
Run a search on YouTube for iPhone unboxing and it's obvious what a big part of ownership the unboxing experience is for new users. Apple puts a lot of work into their packaging to make sure the new owner gets introduced to the device in just the right way to make the moment as special as possible, and now they even have a patent to show for it. That's right. Apple not only has over 200 patents protecting their intellectual property used in the iPhone 3GS, but now they even have a patent for the box it comes in.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office published two new patent applications today showing that Apple is considering the use of flash memory in headsets to store device settings, as well as an attempt to patent the ability to tether with a car's navigation system for GPS navigation.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a sizable stack of approved Apple patent applications this morning, several of which dealt with software for the iPhone. The different patent applications paint an interesting picture, showing that they are considering things like object and face detection and recognition, text message filtering and interface changes, and voice output customization.
MacRumors has found several new pattent applciations from Apple showing three new technologies for use in future touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPod touch. They include a possible solution for providing haptic tactile feedback, fingerprint identification, and the integration of an RFID reader.
An patent application was made public today dating back to 2007 that shows Apple has been working on ways to make the iPhone more useful for making emergency calls. The patent discusses how the device would recognize an emergency call, and the activation of various power saving measures, confirmation buttons, and "phrase buttons".
The United States Patent and Trademark Office released patent application number 20090143007 earlier today. Titled "Methods and systems for mixing media with communications", it deals with methods for sharing digital media files like music, video and images in as part of a communications connection, without ending the original connection.
Two new patent applications published by the US Patent and Trademark Office in recent weeks reveal intentions by Apple to include motion as part of the User Interface. The two patents take two different approaches, both promising to make the interface easier to use while the user is in motion or engaging in other activities. The second patent also includes a diagram of a front-facing video camera.