Some innovations I like about Apple

Posted: May 27, 2010 by ralliart12 in Pod dock, Technopia
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Contrary to what some people may perceive, I have nothing against the contributions that Apple has given the technological landscape. More importantly, I give/recognize credit where/when it’s due, i.e. I do not blatantly dismiss any positive innovations even though I have doubts about the intents of any company’s business decisions/actions. That said, recently I chanced upon a site while doing some background reading on how much “stronghold” does Apple have on all the types of multi-touch gestures any other device manufacturers. That site basically follows all the patents & trademarks that Apple has filed or won & it’s amazing (sincerely) how hard Apple is working around the clock to churn out && secure their “copyright” to some very innovative technologies. I’m impressed by the site’s relentless effort, as I suppose it’s rare that any site owner will take the time & effort to be so up-to-date on such an aspect of a company.

The site is “Patently Apple” & all the information from this point onwards is credit to that site (accompanied by some of my comments, when needed). The following is a selection of some of Apple’s recent patent/trademark activities that I find noteworthy. Let’s start with something “classic”, shall we? Btw, I will not replicate the content of the posts on those site on my blog, as some of these filings are rather elaborate & the site there has a better, & more importantly, a more complete representation of the filing than I can hope to type. So I will just provide the links [the links are arranged in ascending chronological order within each section].

Section #1: Evolving the user interface to facilitate a new dimension of physical interaction

Major Apple Touchscreen Patent for MacBook, Tablet PC’s and handhelds – November 16, 2006

Apple Patents Point to Future iMac Touch Display – July 11, 2008

Apple Reveals New Multi-Dimensional GUI – December 11, 2008

Apple Wins Key iPhone Virtual Keyboard Patent, More – November 03, 2009

Apple Wins Hot Virtual Keyboard Patent with Many Interesting Twists – November 18, 2009

Apple Plans Touch Based Graphic Equalizer for Media Players – November 26, 2009

Apple Mages Working on Augmented Reality Magic – December 16, 2009

Apple Preparing OS X for New High End 3D Interface – December 17, 2009

Simulation: Using OS X 3D in Medical & Engineering Applications – January 15, 2010

Apple’s iMac Touch Technology Surfaces in Patent – January 22, 2010

The Patent Wars: Apple Reveals New High-End Multi-Touch Technology – March 12, 2010

Apple Reveals 3D-Like UI for Social Networking App & More – March 23, 2010

Apple Wins iMac Touch Related Patent – a.k.a. the iKey Patent – March 23, 2010

An Obscure Apple Patent Points to a Touch Screen iMac – April 22, 2010

Apple Moves OS X 3D Closer with Unique Ambient Light Feature – April 29, 2010

Apple Reveals Extraordinary Multifunctional 3D Widgets – May 06, 2010

Apple Describes New QuickTime Player Features with a Twist – May 27, 2010

Section #2: Transforming the way teams can work in an ad-hoc manner

Apple Working on iChat & 3D UI for Portables – January 05, 2010

Location Based Social Networking & Video Calling Coming to iPhone – February 04, 2010

iGroups: Apple’s New iPhone Social App in Development – March 18, 2010

A New Social Workflow Patent from Apple Highlights Facebook – May 17, 2010

Section #3: Elevating gaming & sports to the next level

Apple is Issued an Extreme Sporting Patent Revealing New Devices! – March 31, 2009

Patent Brief: Apple thinks of iPhone Gaming Twist – April 02, 2009

Apple Reveals Advanced Sports Monitoring and Head Gesturing Systems – April 16, 2009

Apple TV to Take Sporting Events to a Whole New Level – June 23, 2009

Apple Patent Rocks the Gym – September 03, 2009

Apple Introduces New Athletic Sensory Technologies & Devices in Development – November 19, 2009

Apple Wins Patents for iMac, Major Sporting Event Systems & Devices yet to Surface – December 01, 2009

Apple Reveals “Quick-Start” – A Template System for Workouts – March 11, 2010

Body Area Networks: Apple, Sensor Strips & the iPhone – March 31, 2010

Whoa! Apple Reveals Amazing Gaming Accessories in the Works – April 01, 2010

Apple Wins Patents for Smart Garment, iPod Touch and More – April 13, 2010

Apple Wins Strategic Multitouch & Music Tempo Workout Patents (scroll down for the music tempo synchronization concept) – April 27, 2010

Apple Takes a Giant Leap in Biometrics with Heart Sensors – May 06, 2010

Section #4: Bringing multiple devices together

Timely Apple Patent Introduces iMac-Like Docking Station – January 03, 2008

A Future iPhone will Control Your Desktop Remotely – December 15, 2009

Apple’s Media Players will One Day be Both Portable TV & DVR – January 14, 2010

Great Advances are Coming to Apple Remote &  Apple TV – March 08, 2010

NFC iPhone to Control All of Your In-Home Electronics & More – April 09, 2010

Apple Wins Patents for iPad Docking Stations & iPhone Multi-Touch – May 11, 2010

Section #5: introducing little killer features into classic iDevices

Classic Patent: Apple Files Multi-Functional Hand-Held Device Patent – September 07, 2006

Apple Patent Reveals Advanced Illumination Touch Pad for iPod Classic – January 24, 2008

Light-Transmissive Logo Coming to Apple’s iPod – April 10, 2008

A Future iPhone could Advance Sophisticated In-Vehicle Navigation System Functionality – March 26, 2009

Patent Brief: Apple Thinks Unibody iPod Classic & Beyond – April 09, 2009

Issued Patent: Integrated Sensing Display (scoll all the way down; I dun care about the Mighty Mouse patent) – May 19, 2009

Apple Secretly Adding Voice Command Technology into Apple TV – May 21, 2009

Future iPhones Will Gain Pico Projector, Videoconferencing & Advanced Content Sharing – June 04, 2009

Apple Patent Reveals Multi-Touch Scroll-Wheel & Larger Display iPod – June 04, 2009

Apple Working on New iPod Accessory with SIM Card & More – July 09, 2009

Apple’s iPhone Emergency-Mode Processor & Features Patent – June 11, 2009

Apple Wins Key Multi-Touch Trackpad Patent – July 14, 2009

After introducing the iPhone 3G-S – a New Patent Points to what’s next – June 18, 2009

Apple Reveals a One-Touch Ejection System for iPod/iPhone – July 23, 2009

Stunning Nano-Phone Surfaces in Patent – July 29, 2009

Apple Patent Reveals Motion Compensation Feature for iPhone – August 13, 2009

Apple’s iPhone Provides Handy Tool for Traveling Execs – August 27, 2009

Apple Files an iPhone based Speech-to-Text Solution Patent – August 27, 2009

Find out where Apple’s latest iTunes Tagging Technology is Going – September 10, 2009

Apple Patent Explores Advancing iPod Classic – September 17, 2009

Apple Introduces Presence Detection for Notebooks, Desktops & TV – October 06, 2009

New iPhone Patents Cover Enhanced Audio & Software Verification System – October 08, 2009

Apple Patent Advances MobileMe to the Next Level – October 15, 2009

Future Apple iPod Touch to Have Ejectable Component Assembly – October 29, 2009

Apple Wins Patents for iPod Illumination System, Macroscalar Processor Architecture & Airport Extreme – November 10, 2009

Apple Media Players to Gain New Creative Indicators – December 03, 2009

Apple Patent Reveals New Revolutionary iPod/iPhone Universal Dock – December 10, 2009

Apple Thinks Different with Acceleration Navigation for iPod/iPhone – December 10, 2009

Apple Wins Major Patents for Advanced Sensory Technology, EMI, a One-Piece iPod Connector, More – December 15, 2009

Apple Reveals Advanced Multi-Touch Technology, Cryptography & New Earbud System Patents – December 24, 2009

Apple Reveals Push Button Antenna that may Point to Cable TV Content – December 29, 2009

Apple Reveals New 3D Remote and Possible New iWork Application – December 31, 2009

Apple Reveals New Touch Screen Technology for iPhone & MacBook Tablet – January 07, 2010

Apple Thinks Green Again with Solar Cell Panels for Media Players – January 21, 2010

Apple Patent Details Advanced Light & Laser Pens for Tablets – January 22, 2010

Apple iPhone to Gain Social Networking & Public Transit Apps – January 25, 2010

Apple’s iPad May Gain an Intelligent Bezel in the Future – February 02, 2010

Apple Granted Patent for Next Generation Apple TV Technology – February 02, 2010

Apple’s Media Players May Gain Cool Sense Line Controls – February 04, 2010

Will Liquid Cooling be Coming to the iMac? – February 10, 2010

New Media Player Armband Revealed for Attachable Accessories – February 11, 2010

Apple Racks Up another Major Multi-Touch Patent for the iPad – February 16, 2010

Apple Wants the Magic Mouse to Rock’n Roll! – February 18, 2010

Apple Getting Serious About Near Field Communication on the iPhone – February 18, 2010

Apple: Plug a Digital Cam into Your iPod or iPhone – February 19, 2010

Apple Wins Patents for iPod Classic Retro Phone, IM Chat & iPod UI – February 23, 2010

You Might Need a Secret Decoder Ring to Log on to Future Macs – February 25, 2010

Cool New Finger Swiping Camera Controls coming to iPhone & iPad – February 25, 2010

Apple Reveals New iPhone Auto Adjusted Volume Control, More – February 26, 2010

Apple Wins a Patent for an Advanced Battery Recharging System (skip the battery patent; scroll down for the 2 interesting patents) – March 02, 2010

While Apple Denies Interest in Television, their Patents State Otherwise – March 04, 2010

Apple, Clearly in Search of New Cooling Systems – March 04, 2010

Apple Reveals iPad Display Technology & New iPhone Audio Plug – March 11, 2010

Apple Reveals Up-to-Date Commute Time App &  Pages for iPad – March 18, 2010

Apple Patent May Shed Light on Recent Protective Film Ban – March 24, 2010

Apple Working on Unique Speaker-Phone Feature for iPhone – March 25, 2010

Solar Powered MacBooks May be in our Future – March 25, 2010

Apple Gearing Up for the Coming NFC- iPhone Revolution – April 08, 2010

Apple Engineers: Smart Device Covers are a Paradigm Shift! – April 12, 2010

Apple Reveals Future Invisible & Light-Forming MacBook Controls – April 29, 2010

Apple Reveals a Powerful Location-Based Service for the iPhone – May 13, 2010

New Functions & Marketing Twist for Apple TV in the Works – May 20, 2010

Apple Wins Patents for Final Cut Pro & iPod Nano …. Phone? – May 25, 2010

Apple Reveals New iPhone Headset & Advanced Audio – May 27, 2010

Two of Apple’s Magic Mouse Patents Finally Surface – May 29, 2010

Apple’s Vision of a Solar Cell iPhone Supports Prototype in the Wild – June 01, 2010

Apple Reveals iPhone Subtitle & Audio Fingerprinting Features – June 10, 2010

Section #6: Removing the physical display

Apple Working on 3D Holographic Projection Displays – March 20, 2008

Apple Preparing a Cool iPod Visual Head-Display System – April 17, 2008

Apple Wins Stunning Patent for New iPod Video Headset Display – September 29, 2009

Apple Files a Mysterious Projector Patent – March 16, 2010

Apple Reveals Next Steps in Cool Video Headset Project – April 01, 2010

Apple Illustrates Pico Projector Coming to MacBooks – April 02, 2010

A New Patent Describes Apple’s Next Great Thing – April 06, 2010

Section #7: New directions aka innovations that don’t fit in any of the current portfolio

Apple Reveals Secret Notebook-Tablet – July 10, 2008

Apple Files an Enterprise Quality Biometric Security System Patent for iPhone – March 26, 2009

Safari to Offer Unique Volume Controls – April 23, 2009

Apple Wildly Advances Avatar Concepts for Work & Play – June 18, 2009

Apple Granted Patents for Smartbook & Find My iPhone Related Technologies – June 23, 2009

Advanced Face Detection & Recognition Security System Coming to iPhone – July 09, 2009

Apple Reveals Dual Purpose Apertures on New Standalone Camera Design – July 23, 2009

Apple May Repurpose Bluetooth Headset into Next Gen iPod Shuffle – October 29, 2009

Apple Developing ‘Grab & Go’ Application for Life in the Fast Lane – November 05, 2009

Apple Working on Next Gen Millimeter-Wave Communication Applications – November 11, 2009

Apple Reveals a New GUI System for In-Car Infotainment Systems – November 19, 2009

Apple Acquires a Key Trademark: TabletMac – November 30, 2009

Apple Introduces a Unique Music Playback Control Form – December 17, 2009

Apple Reveals Smart-Home Energy Management Dashboard System – January 14, 2010

Apple’s R&D Advances Audio UI and New Portable Media Dock – March 12, 2010

Apple Wins Patent for Aperture’s Picture Straightening Tool, More – March 16, 2010

Apple Wins Camera Color Correction Patent, iPod Designs, More – April 20, 2010

Apple Wins Major Patents for an Original Mystery iPhone Design, the iPod Clickwheel, iPhoto and a New Ad Based Processing System (scroll all the way to the bottom for the location-based ad system) – May 04, 2010

FairPlay or Not, Apple is Ready to Gun Down Hackers – June 03, 2010

Behind Apple’s Stunningly Crafted iPhone is a Patent – June 12, 2010

Section #8: Service systems

Intel, Apple Working on 3D Internet – October 08, 2009

Apple Prepares to Rock the Market with Hardware Subsidizing Program – October 22, 2009

Apple Granted a Huge Patent Win for 3D Virtual Apple Store – February 09, 2010

Apple’s Power Advertising Patent May Stir the Crazies into a Frenzy – March 05, 2010

Apple Prepares Anti-Phishing Protections with Google or Symantec – April 01, 2010

Apple Continues to Push Ahead on Next Generation Virtual Store – April 15, 2010

Apple Introduces us to a New iTunes “Concert Ticket +” System – April 15, 2010

iTravel: Apple’s Future Travel Centric App for the iPhone – April 21, 2010

Is Apple Test Marketing iTravel in Montreal? Shhhh…. – May 04, 2010

Transaction: Apple’s e-Wallet App Finally Surfaces in a Patent – May 12, 2010

iAds: An Apple Patent Focuses on a New Targeting Ad System – May 20, 2010

Apple Reveals their e-Wallet Companion App Called “Shopping” – May 27, 2010

Future iPhones Will Gain Pico Projector, Videoconferencing & Advanced Content Sharing

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