Some of Apple's 22 new patents could affect future versions of the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad

Some of Apple's 22 new patents could affect future versions of the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad
With 22 new patents added to its intellectual property portfolio, Apple has added ammunition to fight those who use its technologies without licensing it. These new patents include things like an extended trackpad that extends into the area where the palm rests, and a patent for "smart garments" that alerts a user when, for example, his sneakers have reached the end of its expected life and remind the person to go out and buy new ones.

While that sounds exciting, useful and disturbing at the same time, the patents we are interested in have to do with things that we could see in future builds of the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad. One patent that could result in smaller form factors for each device is one that allows Apple to manufacture a device using smaller circuit boards. This would allow for the production of a device by stacking chips on top of each other instead of spreading them out. Based on teardowns of Apple products, this is one idea that has not yet been used by the company.

Another patent is for a headset/earphone accessory that can tell when you have it in your ear. The earphone's function and that of the device it is connected to, can change depending on whether or not it detects you using the accessory. For example, with the earphone plugged into an iPhone, the phone can automatically have the audio move to the earphone when it is in your ear. Once the earphone is removed from your ear, the audio would automatically go through the handset's speakers.

Another patent covers a "hand-detecting sensor" that would be placed near the housing on the FaceTime camera. This would allow the camera to track hand gestures made by the user as a way to make user inputs without typing or pressing on the touchscreen. This would be similar to the way certain gestures are used as inputs for the Microsoft Kinect.

With 22 new patents to load up its legal weapons with, Apple's busy army of lawyers continue to build up a stockpile of ammunition just in case a legal war breaks out in the States or around the world.

source: PatentlyApple via TUAW


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15 Comments

1. nightmare

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

isnt pantech already using those hand gestures on their phones?how comes apple gets patents for technology that they didnt pioneer???whats cooking behind the scenes?

6. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Who cares what Pantech makes?

10. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Right, who cares who actually innovates the invention when Apple holds the patent for something they dont actually do f**king assholes. french revolution

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

pitchforks and torches.

2. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

hand gestures are soo past 2000s i guess the earphone patent is really cool though

3. Sam224

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

As apple says "think different". Well, yes they do !!!!!!

4. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

This is like the patent for "data storage" using vague terminology that could include any type of internet operation Patent law in the US is totally FUBAR

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And more patent troll power too Apple.

7. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Think Different.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

They'll think a little bit different while you think like ever other Sheep.

8. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Samsumg already opened the ditch for Apple coffin. Its a matter of time to see Apple fall.

11. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

good joke man!

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"I couldn't buy a Samsung. I'm creative." "Dude you're a barista."

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

hand gestures are found in some SE phones like the T707.

15. gharatnikhil

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

apple sucks NOKIA ROCKS !!!!!

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