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Apple patents touch-free gestures at close range

Today, Apple has been granted a patent to allow detection of touch-free gestures at close range. The patent language suggests Apple is working on building upon multi-touch and 3D touch capabilities. Allowing users to navigate their devices by hovering their fingers close to the iPhone or iPad display, in addition to using it on trackpads and…

New patent suggests that in addition to getting rid of the headphone jack, Apple wants to improve speaker quality

A new patent that was awarded to Apple today suggests that the company is looking for a way to create higher quality audio in a device that is smaller and thinner. This falls in line with the recent rumors suggesting that the iPhone maker wants to get rid of the headphone jack as a whole in the iPhone 7, favoring Lightning and Bluetooth. Given the area…

New Apple patent suggests company is working on waterproofing devices

While Apple didn’t announce that the latest generation iPhones are waterproof, tests suggest that both iPhone 6s devices can be submerged in water for a substantial period of time and still be functional. The issue is, however, that the water always managed to get through via the lightning port and headphone jack. But, it seems like Apple may have a fix…

Apple applies for patent to extend Apple Watch display into bands

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent today that incorporates the display into woven and fabric. The patent description is a little vague but essentially describes using bands for the Apple Watch as a display. A woven fabric includes light transmissive fibers woven into the fabric to provide a visual display. The fabric may…

Apple granted Touch ID sensor on Mac patent from 2007

Apple may have first brought Touch ID to the iPhone 5s first, but they have been working on fingerprint sensors since 2007, according to a patent that has just been approved. However, the illustration for the patent shows a fingerprint sensor on a laptop that looks even older than MacBooks back in 2007. A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger…

Samsung to continue patent war against Apple in U.S. Supreme Court

According to a report by San Jose Mercury News, Samsung will take its patent war against Apple one step further, by carrying it into the United States Supreme Court. The court papers, which were filed today, indicate that by November Samsung will ask the Supreme Court to hear its latest appeal. “The questions present issues of enormous importance to…