New Apple Patent May Indicate a Touchscreen iMac—Or Maybe Not

Patents are as meaningful as tarot card readings. You see one that might, maybe, possibly mean something and you see a ton of crap. But still, even if it's incredibly awkward and tiring to use a 27-inch touchscreen on a desk, touchscreen tech is the obvious future for computers. So it's no surprise that Apple has some… » 2/02/12 5:41pm 2/02/12 5:41pm

Why Apple's Inductive Charging Patent For iPhones Is a Red Herring

Just because a patent's filed, doesn't mean the company in question has any ambition to actually make the damn thing. Take Apple's inductive charger, which proposes wrapping headphones around a charging tower with the earbuds conducting electricity to the iPhone. » 8/05/11 9:39am 8/05/11 9:39am

Apple's Thinking About Making Your Gadgets Extra Scratch-Resistant And…

Based on an Apple patent application, it seems that the company is contemplating ways to make gadgets more scratch-resistant and durable with cheap nitride coatings on top of stainless steel exteriors. » 10/28/10 7:40pm 10/28/10 7:40pm

Apple's MagSafe Connectors Could Be Used on iPads and iPhones

Before worrying about your iPod dock's future (and the whole of China's accessory ecosystem being thrown into disarray), listen up: I don't think we need to worry about the iPad and iPhone eschewing the humble 30-pin connector. » 10/08/10 11:22am 10/08/10 11:22am

Apple's iTunes Spiral Interface Would Put Your Music In Hypnovision

Apparently Apple is just one hypno-machine away from total world domination. At least, that's my first impression of their patented iTunes Spiral makeover. It is, as they say, trippy. » 9/10/10 10:27am 9/10/10 10:27am

Apple's Mysterious Patent for Improving on a Composite Laminate

Everyone tends to get excited whenever Apple wins a patent, but this latest one has folks scratching their heads because it's rather slim on details. What we do know is that Apple managed to improve on a composite laminate. » 9/08/10 8:48pm 9/08/10 8:48pm

iMac Touch Interface Shown Off In Apple Patent

How do you make an iMac desktop that doubles as a multitouch tablet? If you're Apple: just like this. Why can't the future be now already? » 8/23/10 5:01pm 8/23/10 5:01pm

Apple Patents Suggest You'll Soon Rely On Apps To Get Dressed And Leave…

As if some of us aren't already too attached to our iOS devices, Apple seems to be working on ways to add to our addictions: Recent patent applications show that Apple may be creating virtual closet and travel apps. » 7/29/10 6:13pm 7/29/10 6:13pm

Apple Targets Solar-Powered iPhones

Apple's got more than one patent devoted to solar powered devices, and today we've got yet another. Patently Apple has dug up plans for a touch-sensitive integrated solar panel for media players. » 6/03/10 12:11pm 6/03/10 12:11pm

Apple Wants Your Heartbeat to Unlock Your iPhone

The iPhone's password security system works just fine, but compared to what Apple has in the works it's downright rudimentary. A recently filed patent indicates that our iPhones may someday identify us by the beating of our hearts. » 5/06/10 11:35am 5/06/10 11:35am

Apple Patent Shows Concert Ticket Scheme For Replacing Paper Tickets

This is a great idea, but it's kind of been done before, Apple. Already ticket retailers are issuing QR barcodes via SMS, to be scanned when entering gigs—though Apple does show nifty iTunes integration in its patent. » 4/16/10 5:09am 4/16/10 5:09am

Apple Wants Us to Wear 3D iPod Glasses

Remember those old silhouette iPod adds that were soooo cool? I can't wait to see how marketing sells these babies—3D video glasses with a HUD—from Apple. » 4/01/10 9:56am 4/01/10 9:56am

Apple Patent For Object-Recognizing Touchscreen iMacs Re-Filed

A touchscreen iMac definitely makes sense when Lenovo, HP and the like are doing similar all-in-one touchscreens, so it's of note that Apple's re-filed a patent for the "shape detecting input device." » 3/24/10 12:20pm 3/24/10 12:20pm

Apple Patents Using USB Ports as Air Vents For Cooling

AppleInsider found four cooling-related patents by Apple that might be used in future MacBooks in order to better keep temperatures from getting absurd as performance increases. The most interesting is the one that uses USB/Firewire ports as vents. » 3/04/10 5:05pm 3/04/10 5:05pm

Turn On Your iMac With a Key, a Real Key

In 2004 Apple patent app that was recently filed for continuation describes a touchscreen iMac that recognizes shapes, allowing you to interact with your computer as you might a toddler's geometric puzzle. » 2/25/10 9:40am 2/25/10 9:40am

Apple Patents Touch Sensitive Bezel for Hot Corners Action

I hate to say I told you, but I told you: The Apple iPad is exactly what I said it was going to be except for two things: Multitasking and the touch-sensitive bezel. Guess what Apple just did. » 2/02/10 5:00pm 2/02/10 5:00pm

Apple Still Thinking About Wiimote-Like Magic Wand Controller

Seems like Apple is not giving up on alternative control methods: They have just updated their March Wiimote-like controller patent, so that means they may still working on it. Or maybe not. » 12/31/09 7:07am 12/31/09 7:07am

Apple Patent Sees You Computing Hands-Free in 3D

Apple's got the patent office working overtime again, this time with an application for a 3D display that rotates objects based on the relative position of the user. » 12/17/09 8:57am 12/17/09 8:57am

Apple Patent Shows Dock Made From 'Elastic Sponge-Like Substance' That…

Apple patents are flowing in thick and fast, with yesterday's anti-tampering idea, and now a universal dock which can be molded to the shape of whichever iPod or iPhone you put in it. Is Apple messing with us? » 12/11/09 5:30am 12/11/09 5:30am