Apple is working on an new iPhone design that we’ve never seen before.

There’s a reason Apple files for everything. In 2006, Creative Technology sued Apple, alleging that the iPod’s interface infringed their media player patents. Apple resolved this dispute by paying $ 100 million, and while it went smoothly, this lawsuit has a significant impact on how Apple protects its intellectual property.

After this settlement, Steve Jobs was reportedly furious and told all Apple executives that the entire company would patent every idea and innovation its engineers came up with. And it was only a matter of time before Apple engineers started meeting regularly with UP lawyers to decide if anything they were working on needed patent protection.

Since that incident, Apple has patented everything so far and has also regularly filed patents for ideas and technologies that may have little or no chance of ever actually being used in the supplied product. This means that while we can’t take every Apple patent seriously, those patents can also be seen as a key to understanding where Apple plans to move its existing product line.

According to a report of Patently Apple, the USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office), has published 77 patent applications granted by Apple this week, which covers interesting technological developments and many “novel” MacBook, iPhone and iPad designs.

One patent application concerns an iPad or iPhone with a second display on the back that can provide users with information about the subject being photographed. This is a design we haven’t seen before, and according to claims, the second display will also feature multitouch technology, according to BGR.

How the second screen on the iPad/iPhone is supposed to work. 
Pic Credit: Patently Apple.

“One of the key points of the secondary display is that it can provide the photographer with ‘stimulating functions’ that can make the people being photographed pay attention to the camera, smile, laugh at the signal when the picture is about to be taken,” the report explains. …

On the Mac, rumour has it that Apple may ditch the Touch Bar entirely later this year. However, despite these rumours, some of Apple’s patents concern new touchpad configurations. One of the patent drawings shows that the Touch Bar is highlighted in yellow and appears at the bottom of the “slightly curved display”. 

The Touch Bar design on one of the patents. 
Pic Credit: Patently Apple

There’s a reason Apple files for everything. In 2006, Creative Technology sued Apple, alleging that the iPod’s interface infringed their media player patents. Apple resolved this dispute by paying $ 100 million, and while it went smoothly, this lawsuit has a significant impact on how Apple protects its intellectual property.

After this settlement, Steve Jobs was reportedly furious and told all Apple executives that the entire company would patent every idea and innovation its engineers came up with. And it was only a matter of time before Apple engineers began meeting regularly with UP lawyers to decide if anything they were working on needed patent protection.

Since that incident, Apple has patented everything so far and has also regularly filed patents for ideas and technologies that may have little or no chance of ever actually being used in the supplied product. This means that while we can’t take every Apple patent seriously, those patents can also be seen as a key to understanding where Apple plans to move its existing product line.

According to a PatentlyApple report, the USPTO released 77 patent applications from Apple this week that cover interesting technological developments and several “new” designs for the MacBook, iPhone and iPad.

One patent application concerns an iPad or iPhone with a second display on the back that can provide users with information about the subject being photographed. It’s a design we haven’t seen before, and according to claims, the second display will also feature multitouch technology, according to BGR.

“One of the key points of the secondary display is that it can provide the photographer with ‘stimulating features’ that can make the people being photographed pay attention to the camera, smile, laugh at the signal when the picture is about to be taken,” the report explains. …

On the Mac, rumour has it that Apple may ditch the Touch Bar entirely later this year. However, despite these rumours, some of Apple’s patents are for new touchpad configurations. One of the patent drawings shows that the Touch Bar is highlighted in yellow and appears at the bottom of a “slightly curved display”. 

Such an implementation would have seemed to be a little more ergonomic than it is now, but then it would not be surprising if Apple never used this design, much like 3D Touch on the iPhone.

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