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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A newly unearthed Apple patent application describes a process in which an iPhone could control a MacBook or iMac, remotely.
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?