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Recently, Apple's two new patents have been revealed. The patent describes a complex system that allows users to control their Apple devices through wrist movements without touching the screen. In addition, the user can take pictures by pointing the iPhone's camera at something.

One of the two patents is entitled "Apparatus and method for automatically activating a camera application based on detecting an intent to capture a photograph or a video". The patent specifies if the device's accelerometer "determines that it has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time," the camera software will automatically launch. However, if there is something near to the camera, then the software won't start.

Another patent is named "Interacting with an electronic device through physical movement" proposes displaying a simple screen puzzle on the Apple Watch that controls the puzzle through the movement of the wrist to perform certain functions, such as making a call. When the call is received, the watch screen will showcase a series of interconnected tubes and a virtual ball. The user tilts and rotates their wrists to move the ball to several possible target positions, representing a call is being answered or hang-up call.

This is only a patent, it does not mean that it will be actualized, but currently, Apple Watch has supported the way of waking up the screen by lifting your wrist, the realization of these somatosensory actions may truly become a reality.

Face ID is now living well on iPhones, despite the fact is relatively slow compared to Touch ID, that's why so many users miss the feature, while there haven't any rumors regarding to Touch ID that would essentially be re-added to Apple devices, an Apple patent suggest that the company could embed both forms of biometric authentication tech on a future iPhone. (Via Patently Apple)

The patent suggest that if a device's Face ID failed to unlock it, it will offering Touch ID as a fallback. The dual biometric options actually do exists on the market, Huawei's Mate 20 RS, for example, offer consumers chance to unlock their smartphone via in-screen fingerprint and 3D Face Unlock features.

Apple describes in the application that such tech could also implement into smartwatches, meaning it might be comes to the Apple Watch in the future, just imagine how cool that will be, but for now, the only method to unlock your Apple Watch is through Passcode, though it will be a challenge for them.

Still, don't get too exciting yet, we don't really even know if Apple could turn this into reality or not, guess we have to wait and see.

Apple was granted a patent recently, and the technologies it included is likely to be used in future AirPods designs. It mentions a new earbuds technology that can be interchanged with the left and right ears, and also integrates at least one biometric sensor for making biometric measurements.

Apple has long been pursuing a "gold standard" that fits the shape of all human ears, in order to fit the buds for as many users as possible, the company has tested countless prototypes. and finally goes for the current one, but if the traditional left and right earbuds can be improved into a universal design, not only can reduce the production cost, but also offer a better user experience.

At the same time, the use of, biometric sensors can be detected the health status of the user, since the AirPods can be used for both left and right ears. Biometric sensors need to be firmly pressed against the skin for better work. It is stated that foam will be used to extend the buds to the ear canal, which is clearly different from the traditional plastic molds currently used in EarPods and AirPods.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently predicted that Apple will unveil a new design to AirPods in 2020, whether today's patents are related to it is still unknown, plus Kuo released a new investor note yesterday, claiming that AirPods will include some sort of health management feature.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has approved a new patent from Apple, according to the patent, Apple intends to develop a "real full-screen" design with a camera and a must-have sensor array completely put together in a small cutout, the patent applications was filled on June 27 this year.

Apple specifically summarized it as an exclusive solution to how to achieve "real full-screen", which mentioned how to hide the camera inside the panel, this solution is especially suitable for products that uses all glass such as the LCD displays. As you can see from the picture below, the device has a cutout in the upper right corner of the screen, and then inserts those sensors into the cutout.

From the patent description, which also talked about what materials might be used to make such cutout. Apple claims that aluminosilicate glass (such as Corning's DVTS glass) will be a glass material suitable for the cutout. Other glass materials include but are not limited to soda-calcium, borosilicate, etc.

Of course, the technology is also designed for other products, including laptops (ie MacBook), as well as tablets (such as iPad). Samsung and LG also filled similar patents. In any case, whether Apple will implement a "true full screen" design in the new iPhones in 2019, we have to wait another whole year to find out!

Windows PCs have supported eye-tracking technology for some time. It seems that Apple is likely to consider introducing this technology as well. According to a patent called "Gaze detection in a 3D mapping environment," in the future, users will no longer need the mouse, using the Mac in a radically different way.

The patent was filed in September 2017 and described how the technology will recognize a user's gaze, performs segmentation to extract the target, and then determines the gaze to an action on the screen. The patent also explains that a possible tracking system can capture the movement of other parts of the user's body, including the head and hand, then input it into a device to help the user select an operation, and wants the feature to differentiate itself from the current user interface:
Many different types of user interface devices and methods are currently available. Common tactile interface devices include a computer keyboard, a mouse, and a joystick. Touchscreens detect the presence and location of a touch by a finger or other object within the display area. Infrared remote controls are widely used, and wearable hardware devices have been deployed,
Any Mac that integrates the tracking feature will be very popular without any question. Apple's latest devices tend to integrate more internal adjustments rather than revolutionary breakthroughs. As always, these patents may not be a reality, nice to know it's there though.

We know that Apple's three new iPhones to be launched in 2018 will use Face ID instead of Touch ID, and the company plans to use Face ID in the new iPad Pros launched next month. However, Apple is in fact still working behind to study a way to bring fingerprint sensors back to the iPhones. a new patent application reveals.

According to a report by Patently Apple, Apple has invented a new technology that adds fingerprinting to devices without the need for a Home button. This would be the perfect solution to use Touch IDs on devices that have "full-screen" displays, such as the iPhone X.

The patent says users can unlock their iPhone, open a secure app, or verify mobile payments by simply placing their finger on the phone's screen. As it explained, the new solution is similar to the optical fingerprint reader that used on several Android smartphones. It utilizes cameras placed under the screen to captures 3D image data of fingerprints to authenticate.

So now we know that the company has find a new solution that adds fingerprinting to its products without the need for a Home button, which is undoubtedly a good news for those who still prefer to use Touch ID on their iPhones.

If you run out of iPhone battery while you are on the road and don't have a charger, what should you do? Apple came up with an idea to share the power of other mobile devices to your iPhone via wireless charging technology.

On Thursday, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application file called "inductive charging between electronic devices" submitted by Apple. Two devices, such as tablets and smartphones, can charge each other with their own battery. For instance, an iPhone with a drained battery can be charged with a fully charged iPad.

The patent filed by Apple employs an inductive coil for wireless charging. Unlike most current wireless charging methods, the inductive coil can be used not only to transmit power but also to receives power. It could save the user the trouble of carrying the charger also charging cable or looking for a socket and waiting for charging.

Some schematics also describe the use of such coils in laptops. Among them, the MacBook seems to show the potential location of this coil on the Touchpad and the body. Adding multiple coils to a large device will allow multiple small devices to be charged simultaneously. This is especially useful for those who want to charge both the iPhone and the Apple Watch.

If Apple is going to add this feature to its future products, it will need to set up multiple inductive coils and make sure they switch between the receiving and transmitting states. This means that Apple may need to innovate its hardware. Apple's current wireless charging devices are not available for transmitting, but rather they can use it to receiving power.

We have reported a series of rumors and patent applications regards to Apple Watch, which suggest that Apple has a greater ambition for the future of its wearable devices. This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued another Apple patent linked to Apple Watch, which enables users to use Apple Watch as a reliable tool to prevent sunburn.

Originally filed in December 2017, Apple's "Light-based Shielding Detection" patent details a state-of-the-art sunscreen detector that can be used with portable devices such as the Apple Watch. The patent doc states that although sunscreens are characterized by a sun protection factor (SPF), the efficacy of a particular product ultimately depends on several factors—such as how much sunscreen is applied, the sunscreen's waterproof, and even the wearer's skin sensitivity.

Apple says that the method can provide more detailed inspections in darker environments, such as occluded outdoor bathrooms. Using camera lenses and augmented reality, it can create an image or video to show any unprotected skin area that is detected, giving users a deeper understanding of which areas of their skin need care.

Notwithstanding, this is still a patent application, so like other Apple patents, we are not sure when it will be used on Apple Watches.

Image Via Cult of Mac

It seems like all of the major smartphone manufacturers are embracing full-screen on their smartphones. The “foldable phone” topic apparently is going away. However, this does not mean that manufacturers have given up the possibility of this form of design. Apple, for example, just filed a new patent application for its future foldable iPhones.

Described as "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays." The patent was originally filed on June 8, 2016, which refers to a transparent display that uses a "grooves or other recesses" to bend in the middle, so when you fold the screen, it will get thinned on the display layer.

In order to prevent such designs from causing severe damage to the screen, the patent discusses the use of "elastic materials, fluids and other materials" to fill the recessed areas in the middle.

Do you look forward to the foldable iPhone? Let’s us know in the comment section below!

Image Via PhoneArean

Toshiyasu Abe from Vancouver, Washington, has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week in the District Court of Oregon. He believes that Apple’s 3D Touch features on the iPhone and iPad infringe on his own patents.

Abe holds a patent No. 6520699. The patent was approved by the USPTO in February of 2003. Like most patents, the description of this patent is very detailed. In brief, the patent mentions "user interface devices" of "a plurality of buttons displayed on a touch-sensitive screen", with "each button is being associated with a plurality of characters or functions."

There are many illustrations in the patent, including the mobile phone in the vehicle, a physical trackpad on a laptop or a steering wheel, and each control has multiple pressure-sensitive geometry buttons.

The litigation documents mentioned that as early as 2009, Apple knew Abe's patent. Abe said that he had conducted many emails with Apple and made at least one call with the company’s legal department, but no agreement was reached (Via MacRumors)
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