Apple patents non-rattly iPhones, stuff that zooms automatically

Apple patents non-rattly iPhones, stuff that zooms automatically
Patents – they are often interesting to examine, regardless of whether they ever end up being used in an actual product or not. That is especially true when it comes to Apple, which holds the intellectual rights to some pretty neat stuff, and new entries are being added to its portfolio quite often. New entries like these two, for example: a patent that might make iPhones a bit less annoying, and a patent that might one day replace the pinch-to-zoom gesture.

The first patent deals with the rattling noise a phone makes while vibrating when placed on a solid surface. Basically, the iPhone will be able to detect whether the sound it makes is too loud using its built-in microphone. If needed, the intensity of the vibrating motor will be adjusted accordingly in order to reduce or eliminate the generated noise. If the patent is ever implemented in an iPhone, its silent mode should become truly silent.

The second patent describes a way of adjusting the size of the contents being displayed on a screen depending on how far the device is being held from the user's face. Measuring that distance could be done using the front-facing camera or the proximity sensor of an iPhone or an iPad. Using the method described in the patent, the device will be able to automatically zoom in or out on text or images to the point, at which the content is most comfortable for the user to view.

Both of Apple's new patents seem quite useful and we hope that we get to see them one day in action. How about you, guys? Is anyone already a fan of Apple's aforementioned ideas? Let us know down in the comments!



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Please.... Apple,please keep those patents to yourself. Don't molest wp8,bb10 and droid.

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol "molest"

2. wendygarett unregistered

Not another patent :( I feel sorry for the US citizens, because the country debted, the US government will take any money from Apple and give any FRAND just because of that... While tons of companies are run away from tax... Sigh...

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

This sounds very much like an advanced face detection, originating from you know what devices. (Yes. Samsung)

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hey quit bringing up facts here. I always hear that Samsung never invents anything so obviously Apple invented this stuff and Samsung pulled an inside job, stole it, then put it in their Galaxy S 3 nine months ago. /sarcasm

4. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Quite the patents they are !! May we get them in the ios7 updates!

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

the 1st patent seems impractical

16. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

redundant seems more like it.

8. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

one apple ll own people patent than no one can take even a single step without apple permission

9. yingcong6

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Apple should patent its stock prize. When other stocks drop, apple should sue them. When others raise, apple sues them too. What if a company has exactly the same prize as app stock? Sorry, u have no luck out of my apple lawyer team because you are copying me exactly. So this is not just a win-win situation. It's a win-win-win situation. With this patent, apple is forever the first company in the history.

10. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

thats nothings nothing today apple patent new vibrate mode. thats what i call innovation by apple. this will be iphone 5s innovation so people go out and buy iphone 5s for just a new vibrate mode. LMAO

11. mahmoodh

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

yep... the only thing apple is inventing is to patent existing innovations and sue the companies that actually invented it!!!

12. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

So, they patent away to make vibrations not vibrate? Isn't that sort of the point, sure it may be loud on wood, but at least you know it's vibrating...

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Rattling sound idea i guess is stolen from Rattle snake? Rattling in midst of meeting is a nice way to wake up everyone if they are asleep :)

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