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Apple patent round up: Street View-like Maps, MacBook-iPad hybrid, original Mac mini and more

Apple patent round up: Street View-like Maps, MacBook-iPad hybrid, original Mac mini and more

Apple patent round up: Street View-like Maps, MacBook-iPad hybrid, original Mac mini and more
July 16
08:18 2016


Apple patent round up: Street View-like Maps, MacBook-iPad hybrid, original Mac mini and more

This week, Apple has been granted 33 new patents covering various inventions including the Mac mini, gesture movies and an improved on-hold experience, and has also filed several patent applications for improved pedometer accuracy, Street View-like Maps features, and even a MacBook-iPad hybrid device.

This week’s patent wins

Gesture movies

Among the Apple patents published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday is one that relates to the company’s gesture movies. These movies are designed to assist users in performing gestures when using an input device such as a trackpad.

Patently Apple reports that the patent describes various ways that the gesture movies could be displayed, and could be made available on demand rather than having to visit the settings menu. This could include a pop-up window or reference panel containing a list of gestures. Alternatively, the user could call up a virtual gesture movie control ring that appears around contact points when the trackpad detects that a finger has been placed on it in a particular area.

Improved ‘on-hold’ experience for iPhone users

Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook’s comments that a MacBook and iPad hybrid product would be like combining a fridge and a toaster, Apple has filed a patent for such device, which was published by the US Patent and Trademark office this week. SEE: Top 10 hybrid gadgets to rival the toaster-fridge

Apple’s patent describes a device that would have a touchscreen display that can be removed from the keyboard and trackpad-equipped base, and can also be rotated when attached to the base.

 Additionally, power could be wirelessly transferred from the base component to the detached display.

[Via Patently Apple]

See also:

How a Facebook phone can conquer the world

Apple tweaks App Store to highlight app age ratings

iTV rumours: 60in Apple television set with ‘iRing’ motion controller to launch late 2013

iPad 5 rumour rollup for the week: Release date speculation, camera improvements expected

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