It’s a sad fact of life, but we’re a litigious society -- and when it comes to technology patents, it seems like the lawsuits are flying fast and furious, with Apple now countersuing Motorola. If you’re having trouble keeping it all straight, here’s a handy cheat sheet to keep things in check.
You gotta love it when little leaks make their way through our internet wire. Patently Apple is reporting that the European Trademarks and Designs Registration Office has confirmed that one of Apple's new iPad designs is actually displaying an extra connector on the left side of its chassis.
Lately, Apple almost seems to be coming out with patents so much, the sky almost seems to be the limit. Today, Apple grabbed three major multi-touch patents, that could have some implications for all things "touch" down the line.
It's not easy writing this story without feeling a little bit of awkwardness about the subject matter, but today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved one of Apple's patents that prevents users from sending or receiving text messages with "objectionable" wording. Yes, folks, if you're the type that sends mass text messages with the word "boob", you're probably the demographic that Apple is aiming for.
If you're one of the many that have suffered poor reception when jaw-wagging on your iPhone 4 due to the handset's much maligned antenna design, Apple may have a solution for you in the not so far-flung future: A MacBook with an integrated cellular antenna that could allow for 3G and possibly even LTE connections, making phone calls from your laptop sans VoIP a possibility.
Go ahead and Give it a try: Put a death-grip on a laptop. We challenge you.
Apple has really been racking up the patents lately, haven't they? Most of the time, they don't really amount to much, but the thrill of anticipation for Apple's next generation product is pretty much spearheaded by these black-and-white blueprints that make their rounds on the internet.
You can’t say you didn’t see this one coming: As Apple continues to use their shrink-ray on their already diminutive devices, a new patent application reveals that they may want to clear some space inside those products by implementing different technology inside the headphone jacks they already have.
A scant few days after Apple dropped a bevy of new products in the laps of eager consumers, it seems that they wizards of Cupertino are at it again. This time around, if the details of a recent patent application uncovered by Patently Apple are any indication, we could be in for some snazzy attachment lenses to use with our iPhone and iPod touch cameras.
The best way to keep tabs on what Apple might be cooking up next is to keep an eye on all of the new inventions they file for patents on. One of the latest is a patent for an improved composite laminate that could someday make future devices practically bulletproof.
During yesterday's music event keynote, Steve Jobs mentioned that one of the reasons for the outrageous success of the iPod and the rest of Apple's products is that the company was never satisfied with simply resting on their laurels. Putting their money where Jobs' mouth is, it would appear that Apple's engineers are once again pushing the company's game forward by filing a number of patent applications that allow over-the-air syncing.