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A new Apple patent application shows that Siri one day could provide iPhone callers with reasons to why you had to reject the call. It could become a more enjoyable and useful experience for important callers or family members, to suggest why individuals cannot answer the phone.

Named “Intelligent Digital Assistant Denied Calls”, the patent application issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday pointed out that the current call interface is limited and can only provide basic options for answering or rejecting incoming calls.

So the solution is to let Apple's voice assistant collect information about the user and then automatically relay the details to the caller. For instance, Siri can alert the caller about the user's current location, whether the iPhone is in Do Not Disturb modes, tell the caller that user is at gym, or the user enjoying a movie as if he/she activated Theater Mode.

Combining all this data together, the digital assistant can create a message using that information. The generated message can be provided to the user to check that it is fine to send before it is dispatched to the caller. Moreover, the system could be used with CarPlay just in case you can't answer calls while driving.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially announced a series of new patents today, including a patent from Apple Inc. for using hand gestures to control a Mac. The inventors are named Micha Galor, Jonathan Pokrass. and Amir Hoffnung, all from PrimeSense, the startup that developed Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, and which Apple acquired back in 2013.

PrimeSense was also involved in developing some of the technology behind Face ID, so the patent here appears to rely on a similar TrueDepth camera in a Mac. The patent specifically addresses the issue of how gesture mode might be activated, describing the use of a ‘focus’ gesture.

The new Apple patent covers inventions related to the computer system's user interface, especially the 3D-based user interface. More specifically, this patent relates to a method of executing a non-tactile 3D user interface through a computer, with a set of gestures containing multiple 3D coordinates.

A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture including a first motion in a first direction along a selected axis in space, followed by a second motion in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the selected axis. Upon detecting completion of the gesture, the non-tactile 3D user interface is transitioned from a first state to a second state.

This patent describes converting a non-haptic 3D user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state using one gesture, which includes ascending movement on a vertical axis of space. Once in use, users will be able to control Macs with additional gestures. The gesture shown in the drawing is pushing, waving and lifting a hand.

As with any patents, the technology in question might not make it to an product in near future, if at all, but it is an interesting glimpse into what Apple might be planning to do with PrimeSense's technology down the line.

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According to a Appleinsider report, the US Patent and Trademark Office today grant Apple a acoustic fingerprint imaging technology patents, precision enough to replace the current Touch ID optical fingerprint sensor, bolstering rumors that the iPhone home button is not long for this world. 

U.S. Patent No. 9,747,488, entitled "Active sensing element for acoustic imaging systems," describes a method of collecting biometric data, in particular fingerprints, by means of ultrasonic transmission and detection techniques.

After processing, the collected fingerprint image can be used to verify the user identity, similar to Touch ID working process. Unlike Apple's current fingerprint scanning hardware, acoustic imaging does not require an optical contact evaluation object, meaning that the ultrasonic sensor can be placed under an operating component - such as a display.

Apple in its invention notes, said the traditional acoustic imaging system is suffer from a number of limitations. For example, driving piezoelectric components might have a higher demand for electrical energy. Apple estimates piezoelectric elements are driven by high voltage circuits ranging from 0 to 100 volts, while sensing is performed by low voltage circuits running at 0 to 3.3 volts.

We are not clear if Apple will adopt the invention in its future products. But earlier this year, there are rumors said that Apple or considered in iPhone 8's OLED screen to use fingerprint sensor. in-screen Touch ID will eventually replace the iPhone iconic Home button, for the full screen to make more space. However, recently, some Apple insiders said Apple has canceled plan to use in-screen Touch ID in the iPhone 8.

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Note 8 yesterday, and it comes with a new and enhanced version of S Pen stylus. Now, it looks like Apple the Cupertino tech giant might be planning to bring the Apple Pencil to one of its future iPhones.

According to Patently Apple, The site noted that two new patent applications from Apple about Apple Pencil that actually working with a iPhone have surfaced. Obviously, for the first time, Apple’s parents listed the ‘iPhone’ as a target product for Apple Pencil.

In patent application 20170242499 titled “Noise Correction for a Stylus Touch Device,” Apple notes that the patent figure 1 shows a touch screen such as an iPhone and iPad. Although an iPhone screen maybe small for drawing, but iOS 11 allow users to use the Pencil to markup webpages, emails, screenshots and more – as well as taken handwritten notes.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the Apple Pencil works on an iPhone before. Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented that he had already tried using a Pencil on an iPad and iPhone, saying that “it’s really unbelievable.”

If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable.
It’s worth to nothing that although Apple patents a lot of things, but most of them don’t end up becoming actual consumer-ready products. However, with these pair of new patents, it’s more likely that the tech giant wants to officially bring the Apple Pencil to one of its future iPhones.

Via 9to5mac and iBT
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