Tag Archive: Patent

Apple Patent Shows Advanced Work on “Smart Bezel” Technology

Click the image to open in full size. With touchscreen "real estate" increasingly at a premium on iDevices, Apple is looking into ways of moving controls off the screen entirely, according to a newly unearthed patent. The "selectively illuminated secondary display" described in the patent would use illuminated symbols on the bezel (the black area around the screen) to enable additional touch-sensitive areas, allowing a user to do things like navigating a game or  [Read More…]

Apple Awarded Patent for USB 3.0/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Connector

Click the image to open in full size. According to PatentlyApple, apple has been granted a patent for new hybrid connector that would be used on future iOS device. The connectors would allow both DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.0 connections to go directly to and from the iOS device. The patented product would eventually roll out to all iOS devices, including the recently updated iPad. PatentlyApple notes that this product could be nearing completion,  [Read More…]

New Apple Patent Hints at Spaces for iPad

Click the image to open in full size. One of my favorite features of Mac OS X is spaces, the simple feature that allows the user to have multiple desktops to allow different workspaces and separate applications to allow for more seamless multitasking. As someone who’s often attempting to do about thirty things at once on my Mac, spaces is my lifeline. Now it looks like this feature may come to another Apple product,  [Read More…]

ITC Judge Lets Apple Off The Hook in Nokia Patent Infringement Case

Click the image to open in full size. The International Trade Commission – or at least one of it’s judges – appears to be on Apple’s side in the case brought by Nokia, which asserts that the Cupertino, California-based iDevice maker infringed on five key Nokia patents. On Friday, a US trade panel judge ruled in favor of Apple Inc., determining in the early stages of this legal skirmish that technology used in red  [Read More…]