On November 15, Apple published a report titled "Apple Patent confirms future support for unique Trackpad-like functionality for iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard and more." Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a series of 38 newly issued patents for Apple Inc. today and one of the most important patent windows is for Smart Keyboard with new Touchpad Mode and Mouse Support.
Other patent gains today cover a standalone speaker (HomePod) with wireless connection up to 5G networks with millimeter wave antennas, magic trackpad, Find your car and more. We package this week's approved patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining assigned patents issued to Apple today.
Awarded Patent: iPad Pro Smart Keyboard with Trackpad Mode and Mouse Support
Apple's recently granted patent 10 139 898 covers their invention related to smart keyboard advancements that support a trackpad mode in addition to supporting a mouse.
Apple notes in its patented patent that "As an example of touch input that enters the keyboard surface, a user can enter movements associated with a particular cursor. For example, by operating the keyboard as a trackpad, A cursor (or point) can be displayed on a screen or touch screen, and the cursor can be controlled via touch input on keyboard surface 106 to interact with graphic objects on the screen.
In addition to the patent Apple notes that "in addition to the touch screen, the Tablet PC can receive recording from other sources, such as a keyboard, mouse or possibly other devices.
Licensed Patent: Wireless Communication Supported
Apple's recently granted patent 10,141,631 covers their invention related to a wireless device speaker unit. Being a patent user, patent figures only need to convey " concept "to a standalone speaker and not the end product required for a design patch.
Although Apple may have considered a Beats-like boom box by 2015 when this patch was made, we know that Apple actually delivered HomePod in February this year
Remarkable in this patent is that the speaker device should support wireless connection and even phone / data support on next generation 5G networks.
Apple's patent notes that" Radio Frequency Transceiver Circuit and Antenna can be used to handle one or more radio frequency communication bands. For example, the circuit may include wireless local area transceiver circuit capable of handling a 2.4 GHz band for WiFi and / or Bluetooth communication, and may include, if desired, 5 GHz transceiver circuit. The PCB and the antenna can handle communication in other bands if desired (eg mobile phone band near-field communication band, band at millimeter wave frequencies for 5G networks, etc.).
Two other patents currently win of minor interest wrapping Magic Trackpad and their software feature known as & # 39; Find Your Car.
Remaining Patents for Apple Today