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 Apple TV’s Channel Bar expansion, 3D structures for devices that could use liquid metal and a design patent relating to iPhone X. We wrap up this week’s granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: Apple TV with Channel Bar
Apple’s newly granted patent 10,116,996 covers their invention relating to the next generation of Apple TV focused on delivering TV channels via a newly expanded channel bar. As Apple continues to make deals with Canal+ for Apple TV to act as a cable-like box, adding a channel bar is necessary.
Apple’s patent FIG. 18 presented above depicts one embodiment of a video display and channel bar; FIG. 20 depicts one embodiment of a video display and user interface.
Granted Patent: Methods of Forming 3D Structures
Apple’s newly granted patent 10,117,343 covers their invention relating to methods for forming three-dimensional structures which may be configured to provide desirable characteristics with respect to light, sound, and fluid travel therethrough. Further, the three-dimensional structures may be configured to define desired stiffness, weight, and/or flexibility within a device. The three-dimensional structures may be employed in embodiments including heat sinks, housings, speaker or vent covers, springs, etc.
Buried deep in the patent is a reference to liquid metal. Apple states that “the structures may be formed by molding or casting, in which a mold or cast is employed to form the three-dimensional structure from a fluid substance, such as a liquid metal or plastic.
Patently Apple covered this invention in a patent application report back in a 2013 titled “Apple Invents Methods of Forming 3D Structure with Liquid Metal.” You could review it here for more patent figures and details.
The Key Apple Design Patents Granted Today
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today