Apple patent filing involves ‘geofencing’ and location determination on iOS devices

Apple patent filing involves ‘geofencing’ and location determination on iOS devices

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180167771) for “range-free proximity determination” that involves “geofencing” and iOS devices. A geofence is a virtual geographic boundary, defined by GPS or RFID technology, that enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad enters or leaves a particular area.

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Apple wants your Mac and iPad to serve as your ‘lifestyle companion system’

Apple wants your Mac and iPad to serve as your ‘lifestyle companion system’

Forget the “personal digital assistant” (that would be Apple’s Siri, of course). The tech giant wants your Mac to serve as your “lifestyle companion system.” The company has been granted a patent for “systems and methods for providing audio and visual cues via a portable electronic device.” 

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Apple patents hint at future plans for CarPlay and Maps

Apple patents hint at future plans for CarPlay and Maps

Apple has been granted two patents that hint at future features of its CarPlay tech and Maps app. Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

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Patent report: face-controlled Apple devices, headphones that double as walkie-talkies, virtual displays

Patent report: face-controlled Apple devices, headphones that double as walkie-talkies, virtual displays

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

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