List Of Patents Granted To Apple By The USPTO On December 25, 2012

  • December 26, 2012

Apple patent 8336,334 - Curve Glass

 

US 8,336,334

Glass alignment for high temperature processes

 

This patent could very well result in nicely curved iOS devices as seen in the Google Nexus phone design. 

Apparatus, systems and methods for alignment of a glass member for high temperature processing are disclosed. The high temperature processing can, for example, pertain to a slumping process to mold glass into a predetermined shape (e.g., a three-dimensional shape). In one embodiment, a glass slumping system can have a mold and an alignment system that support a glass member to be slumped relative to the mold. The alignment system may have a plurality of alignment members being configured to move away from the glass member as the temperature increases during the slumping process to allow the glass member to bend around the mold without interference.

 

US 8,341,683

Convergence-enabled DVD and web system

 

Methods for integrating an authored DVD system and a WWW web browser are described. Universal Resource Locator (URL) information corresponding to sites accessible by the browser is stored in fields within the DVD data. When a user actuates a DVD element that has a corresponding URL, the web browser displays information from that site. When the user actuates an HTML menu or other browser-implemented feature, the DVD system accesses a portion of the DVD data specified in the menu. This arrangement provides for two-way communication, i.e., HTML in the browser is able to control DVD content and vice-versa. Having the WWW information embedded in the DVD brings a number of benefits, the foremost of which is the ability to write a “one size fits all” template web page that can interrogate the DVD for URL information and present WWW content corresponding to the URL synchronized with the DVD information.

 

US 8,341,524

Portable electronic device with local search capabilities 

This patent was filed for in September 11, 2006 and lists Gupta; Sandeep (Fremont, CA), Huang; Szu-Wen (Fremont, CA), Marriott; Greg and Lee; Jeff as inventors. I will not be surprise if this patent makes its way into the current patent war against Android.

Improved methods and systems that assist a user in searching media items on a portable electronic device are disclosed. According to one aspect of the invention, a portable electronic device is provided with a search function that enables a user to search for media items resident on the portable electronic device. The search function can search through different types of media items. Those of the media items that are deemed matching can be ranked in order of relevance and displayed in a list for the user. Thereafter, the user can navigate the list to select one of the listed media items for playback. According to another aspect of the invention, various graphical user interfaces can be presented on a portable electronic device to assist a user in interacting with the portable electronic device to utilize a search function

apple-sim-connector-patent

8,334,846

Multi-touch contact tracking using predicted paths

Another one of the killer multi-touch patent, filed for in November 14, 2006

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.

 

8,337,223

Mini-sim connector

This now makes Apple a well respected contributor to the mobile phone industry. This gives the Cupertino-based company a good bargain chip when coming up against the likes of Nokia and Motorola.

Connectors that may allow SIM cards to be easily removed and replaced, may be resistant to damage by an improper insertion of a SIM card, and may provide reliable mechanical performance. One example may provide a plunger system where a user can push on a plunger rod and eject a SIM card. Another example may provide contacts that are not damaged by improper insertion of a SIM card. Another example may provide a plastic housing, the housing reinforced by a metallic shield and having a relatively uniform thickness.

 

Source: USPTO

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