The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover 2 granted patents. The first covers the implementation of millimeter wave antennas in future 5G network ready iPhones. The second granted patent covers a Project Titan project which will allow a future iPhone app to contain all of your favorite vehicle preferences such as your seat position, your favorite radio stations, your exact mirror-set positions (Sides and Rear) and more. When you buy a new vehicle or even rent one, your iPhone will communicate with the telematics of a future vehicle and set it to your preferences automatically. That’s a nice idea. Our report also covers an iPhone X related design patent and wrap up this week’s granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Patent: Millimeter Wave Antennas for iDevices
Apple’s newly granted patent covers their invention relating to electronic devices with wireless communications circuitry and more importantly millimeter wave antennas for next-gen 5G iPhones.
Apple’s patent FIG. 2 above is a schematic diagram of an illustrative electronic device with wireless communications circuitry; FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device showing illustrative locations at which antenna arrays for millimeter wave communications may be located.
As shown in the graphic above, Millimeter wave antennas play an important role in future 5G smartphones.
Patently Apple first covered Apple’s invention as a patent application report in 2017 which you could review here for more details.
Apple’s granted patent 10,084,490 was originally filed in Q2 2017 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Patent: Automatic Configuration of Self-Configurable Environments
Apple’s newly granted patent covers their invention relating to self-configurable environments such as a vehicle. More specifically a user could allow their future iPhone to learn configuration preferences from the user’s personal automobile, and when the user visits another automobile, such as when renting a car, or buying a new car, those configuration preferences could be imported into the visited automobile and used to automatically configure the automobile according to the imported preferences. Such preferences could include seat orientation, radio preferences (especially satellite radio), climate control preferences, and minor orientation preferences. Apple’s patent FIG. 2 below illustrates an exemplary application of the present technology.
When you buy a new iPhone, Apple makes it easy to import your favorite apps and preferences and they want to bring that to the car industry.
For more details on this granted patent be sure to check out our original 2013 report on this invention as a patent application here.
Apple’s granted patent 10,081,368 was filed in Q3 2015, though it was originally filed back in 2012. It was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Two Key Design Patents Today
Apple was granted two major design patents today covering the 2015 iPhone 6s under D829,205 (not shown) and the 2017 iPhone X as noted in the patent figures below. The emphasis of the iPhone X design patent is that of the display involving its famous notch.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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