Apple gets a patent for the same tech in the LG G8

Apple gets a patent for the same tech in the LG G8
If you want to be charitable to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple didn't quite get a patent for the same tech that's in the LG G8, but rather what looks like the logical extension to that same tech. One of the big new features of the LG G8 shown off was something called a "Crystal Sound OLED Stereo Speaker," which means the sound is emitted with vibrations in the display rather than a traditional speaker.

However, LG's implementation is just for the audio on phone calls whereas Apple's new patent appears takes that idea to its logical conclusion: vibrating the entire ring around the display in order to push sound. While the patent goes into dense detail about the engineering and design, it doesn't really let us know what it all means though. One of the issues with current sound-emitting display technology is that it can't get loud enough to be useful for much more than phone call audio, but it's hard to say if Apple's idea will fix that in any way. 

Of course, as with all patents, there's also no telling if this will ever be put into a real-world device. And, if it is, whether or not it would be based on this patent or another iteration being worked on by Apple's team. Not to mention, it's not hard to imagine LG beating Apple to the punch, considering it already has the first step in the process in its flagship for this year. 

source: USPTO

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19 Comments

1. utopia2244

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

That headline sense make not!

2. briankeithmays

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

How can they get a patent of someone else tech?

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple does it often. Patent system is broken.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Of course they can, USPTO is their bitch after all.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Xiaomi was the first company to brought up screen vibration technology for sound. First xiaomi mi mix has this technology 3 years ago. Chinese are innovative, not apple or lg. Both apple and lg has copied the idea from xiaomi.

10. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I thought it was Sharp that had the first phone with sound vibration emitting screen.

12. Rocket

Posts: 636; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

yes, but everyone here forgot that already bcs they are not samsung or apple.

17. miketer

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Yes, you're right, it was Sharp.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not even close. Vibrating glass speaker was shown long before any of these companies integrated in their device

3. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Lg didnt do that in order to use boombox and to preserved Energy

6. Vogue1985

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Am starting to see sides being drawn with company. Apple, Samsung, LG, have/working together directly and indirectly, ie screens tech etc. And then Huawei with Oppo, ZTE, very interesting.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nope, fake news Haven't you all heard, apple doesn't copy, lol

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They steal.

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

It funny how all those that are saying “how can Apple copy someone’s tech” fell for the title and didn’t read the article. Your simple mind fell for it, yet again. Phone Arena = 1, Haters = 0. Read the article - they didn’t patent the tech of sound emitting screens (that nearly every manufacturer already patented, btw), but rather this is something else - not the screen.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Core functionality doesn't change

18. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Well, in that case that’s the same as a speaker - different design - same core functionality - it vibrates and makes a sound.

13. Rocket

Posts: 636; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wtg apple, patentting something that was already used by sharp many years ago, smh

16. Wazupmrg

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Why not just say apple pathetically copied another idea. Bias much?

19. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

I think this is one of the most interesting features of the G8.

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