We've been waiting for Apple to offer voice controls for the iPhone for some time, and it looks like they may be getting ready to do so. The US Patent and Trademark Office published two Apple patent applications earlier this week showing that the company is considering adding voice controls as a standard option in the iPhone, as well as possibly the iPods and even Apple TV.
The US Patent and Trademark Office recently released two new patent applications filed by Apple that promise to make life considerably easier for us iPhone users. The patents would allow a user to pair a wireless device to an iPhone simply by bring it in close contact with each other, while the other would allow users to fill out missing address book information through email.
Two Apple patent filings were released by the US Patent & Trademark Office recently that could mean some improvements to the iPhone's interface. One is for a way for users to change preferences for one or more apps directly from the home screen, and another is for a better way to notify the user of a missed message.
A new Apple patent application has been found that shows that Apple may be looking to either build or support a hardware add-on for the iPhone and iPod lines that would allow it to directly receive streaming Radio and/or TV. The device pictured in the patent would attach directly to an iPod or iPhone, and would accept signals from one or more formats, including AM, FM, HD or satellite radio, or TV standards such as cable, satellite, over-the-air or IPTV.
Being that the original iPhone had an aluminum back panel, one might assume that it would hold up significantly better to wear and tear than the new iPhone 3G. However, the exact opposite may be true. Information has been found that may hint that the new plastic back panel of the iPhone 3G is actually not plastic at all, but a significantly stronger substance.
The US Patent and Trademark Office released a rather large pile of patent applications earlier this morning filed by Apple, the bulk of which pertained to the ongoing research of multi-touch technology by Wayne Westerman, former cofounder of Fingerworks. These applications specifically dealt with the refining of the touch experience by avoiding unintentional contact, hardware advancements, as well as the use of gestures.
A new Apple patent application was recently published that shows Apple has been researching more advanced uses of the iPhone's sensors in order to predict what a user wants to do. It talks about various scenarios in which information picked up by proximity sensors, ambient light detectors, temperature sensors and accelerometers to determine the state of the device, letting it automatically change it's configuration to better suit the circumstances.
According to a newly-published U.S. file patent, Apple may have discovered a way to replace expensive, thicker glass panels by using a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic which would remove the drawbacks associated with the format.