It's not exactly a secret that Apple is interested in augmented and virtual reality, as ambitious patent filings like the one above from last year would show. But where patent ideas are much more likely to die on the vine than anything else, a new Apple job listing provides more solid evidence of the company's VR…
A new Apple patent discovered by AppleInsider shows plans for new product packaging and that's... pretty boring. What is interesting about the new packaging though is that it may hint at future where iPhones and iPads would charge wirelessly.
We're getting to the point where 3D is about as likely as Dippin' Dots to be the future. And for all of its clumsy, forced iterations, there's maybe nowhere that third dimension has been less successful than in phones. This recently discovered Apple patent indicates that Cupertino's either going to cure all our 3D…
It's not hyperbolic to say that Apple introduced multitouch to the masses with the iPhone. Apple thought that they could trademark it. Unfortunately for them, the United States Patent and Trademark Office thought differently. They've denied Apple the multitouch trademark.
Apple patents come and go and rarely see the consumer side of things, but this latest one uncovered by CNET this morning would be a welcome addition to the company's touch-friendly future.
Apple Insider has uncovered some new Apple patents that may make maps a lot easier to figure out. The general idea is that they'll highlight the stuff you care about through exaggeration: routes are bigger, landmarks are emphasized, etc.
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.
According to a patent, Apple is hoping to move the iPhone's antenna behind the Apple logo. This could potentially solve the attenuation problem that has plagued the iPhone 4.
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.
We here at Gizmodo HQ love ourselves some HyperMac batteries, but apparently Cupertino doesn't share our enthusiasm. Apple is suing parent company Sanho over six patents relating to MagSafe and iPod. And it looks like they may have a case.
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.
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.
Buried amongst 15 patents granted to Apple this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office is one that describes color correction—for a stand-alone camera. Not an iPhone camera, a compact camera.
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.