Apple is awarded patents for a thinner speaker system and a fabric that can be used as a display

Apple is awarded patents for a thinner speaker system and a fabric that can be used as a display
A patent application filed by Apple back in 2014, could pave the way toward the use of a smaller speaker inside future iPhone models. The result would be a thinner iPhone. Apple received the patent (No. 9,525,943) today for its Mechanically actuated panel acoustic system. The technology will allow Apple to offer Hi Definition sound on a device, but without requiring micro drivers. This would save plenty of space allowing iPhone users to have their cake, and eat it too. Apple already employs something very much like this technology on the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, but also uses micro drivers on the tablet as well. 

With the design, small sub-panels are divided by backing frames allowing each one to have a different resonant frequency. Voice coil motors and magnets produce the movement necessary for the sound to be generated. If Apple does employ this in upcoming iPhone models, it could open up some space for a heftier battery, one of the big wishes that iPhone users have been seen speaking to Santa about for a long time.

A second patent, No. 9,521,885, was awarded today to Apple for a Woven Display. This patent covers a method that allows light transmissive fibers to be woven inside fabric; this creates a display that could be used in conjunction with a device like the Apple Watch. The fabric could also be used as material to house an electronic device.


source: USPTO (1), (2) via AppleInsider

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23 Comments

1. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Apple is awarded(in US of course) also with patent for 'time machine', but have no clue how to make it. They just wait some real tech company to invent it, and Apple and the presstitutes come. LOL

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Send your resume to Apple, get hired and then you can show them what "real tech" is all about.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7457; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You know damn well there's no resume to send....

6. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I'll give them for free, great idea to patent: Flying Carpet . In US , Apple can patent whatever. Even if have no idea, or don't invent anything but colors , lately

18. Chrusti

Posts: 92; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

nice ideas haha

8. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You don't understand what Klinton's trying to say yes? Apple's applying for patent that doesn't exist. There, I made it easy for you and kiko. People say their opinion and you give them a general argument that doesn't fit. You need some little schooling from darkjed and rebel.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7457; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"You don't understand what Klinton's trying to say yes?" No. We understand him perfectly fine actually. "Apple's applying for patent that doesn't exist" Look up what a patent is son. Thank me later.... "There, I made it easy for you and kiko." Apparently Google didn't make it easy for you though. "People say their opinion and you give them a general argument that doesn't fit." Learn what a general argument is while researching patents. "You need some little schooling....." Let me stop you right here. A) Don't name drop others, it's in terrible taste and completely negates your point. B) You have to know what you're talking about to "school" anyone....

21. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Salty as ever...

12. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

This is such an outstanding comment, love it!

17. Chrusti

Posts: 92; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

wow this is the future

19. Chrusti

Posts: 92; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

well this is the future

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3089; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Enough of this thinness bulls**t.

22. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Android authority just made an excellent argument on this one. 8-9mm for me.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Money can buy patents.......hell they even patented an shopping bag. Apple just give up, you suck! I see many people ditching Apple products....and it will keep going which is very good :)

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1293; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This sounds like actual tech. The fabric display sounds a bit like the invisibility fabric that other companies have been developing and showing off for several years now. The speaker tech sounds like it could be based off the bone conduction speaker tech. However as is usually the case with Apple the were probably awarded patents to tech other companies have already been developing and prototyping for years.

27. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

The USPTO shouldn't have awarded Apple a patent for its woven display. Many companies have developed and done this kind of invention not just in fabric. BTW, the drawing, blueprint, and image (or whatever you call them) looks awful. How come they accept such incomprehensible drawings? It should be detailed like architectural and engineering drawings.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And as usual, they won't do anything with, but license it out. Hate em or love em, Apple knows how to get that dough. I'm not mad at em.

14. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I even don't mock at them(even if looks like sometimes). As long as they hold the sheep inside the fold, and are Wall Street darling, they have any right to do such things. BTW any OEM will do same, if posses the sheep part of the population and all the media is with them. Why should they innovate or spend money for newest tech for the fans, if this make no difference, but just cut the profit? Like all normal ppl, I mock at the Unique Breed only(like Tim Cook did BTW)

13. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

how can anyone be awarded a patent based on concept drawing? a valid working model should be inspected and validated as a working model before handing out any patent, NAF schemetic drawing.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

concept drawing? concept drawing should be more detailed and explain how it actualy work... this one is just like toddler's doodle

25. Gadgetex

Posts: 185; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

We want better and louder speakers and not thinner and quieter speakers

26. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Really? US patent office grants patent based on just Ideas? Here in India they ask for us to show a prototype before granting patent.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The broken US patent system is at it again!

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