5 top secret Apple patents recently issued
When it comes to secrets, Apple can even beat the CIA!
Apple is not without reason called America's most secretive technology company. Information is so vigilantly guarded that even Apple engineers themselves have no idea what their colleagues are working on.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Apple keeps some of its patents secret from prying eyes. As a rule, patents must be published within 18 months from the filing date of the application. However, the patent office may delay publication for some reason. Apple is actively using this fact to delay the publication of certain patents.
Finding these secret patents is very difficult, as their number is small compared to thousands of patents issued each week. But PatentYogi's patent search team discovered five secret patents that Apple did not want anyone to know about them.
What are these patents? And why did Apple hide these technologies? Let's find out.
Patent Name: Apparatus, Method, and Computer Program for Monitoring the Target Device with Instant Messaging
Publication Number: US 8.996.619
This Apple patent has been kept secret for nearly a decade. Finally, in March 2015, it was published. The technology allows you to control electronic devices by simply sending instant messages (IM) to them. For example, users can list the commands in a message and send it to the target device (let it be a device for playing video at a conference) and control it remotely.
In turn, the target device sends a response IM to users with results or parameter information. In fact, this technology enables users to "communicate" with their electronic devices, controlling them. Apparently, Apple decided that it is better not to publicize this patent - as well as the "communication" with the devices that this technology provides.
Patent Name:Flexible Frequency Touch Processing
Publication Number: US 8,988,390
In July 2013, Apple filed a patent application called “Flexible Frequency Touch Processing”. Under normal circumstances, this patent was supposed to be available to the public in December 2014. However, Apple specifically appealed to the US Patent Office with a request not to publish it.
The patent addresses one of the key problems of mobile devices: the frequency of the main clock or synchronizing pulses, which is created to control the operation of the touch screen, sometimes interferes with the frequencies of the wireless network.
In order to prevent this, the technology described in the patent dynamically changes the clock frequency, so that it does not coincide with the frequencies of other mobile devices. The screen sensors and the electronic circuitry of the display are designed so that the device can function normally even when the main clock frequency changes.
As a result, we get high quality voice and data transmission without any negative effect on the touch screen and the operation of the device display. Since sensory-visual technology occupies a key place in the production of the Apple product line, it is not surprising that the company prevented the publication of this technology until March 2015.
Patent name: memory management in combining memory cells through the use of maximum time intervals.
Patent Number: US 9,021,181.
It's no secret that Apple holds several patents in the field of storage devices. But for some reason, the company decided to keep a certain memory management technique a secret. This document describes a method of storing data on flash memory in a new way, which reduces the complexity and requirements for free disk space on the part of memory management processes.
This is achieved due to the fact that all the data to be stored in a specific area of memory is recorded at approximately the same time. As a result of this, all data undergoes identical changes, and it will be easier to manage due to fewer parameters. Apparently, Apple planned to delay as long as possible the moment when its main competitor, the South Korean company Samsung, which boasts impressive developments in the field of storage devices, learns about the new technology.
Patent Name: Invisible label for transferring data between electronic devices.
Patent Number: US 9,022,291.
Patent Name : Invisible label for transferring data between electronic devices.
Patent Number: US 9,022,292.
Finally, two more patents (US 9,022,291, US 9,022,292) are related to invisibility. Both of these documents describe a clever technique for displaying content on a mobile device that is virtually invisible to the human eye but can be detected using other mobile devices.
Based on this device can interact with each other by displaying invisible QR codes. The technology takes advantage of the fact that certain colors (for example, blue and orange) neutralize each other when they are shown successively so quickly that the human eye is not able to catch them.
This technology, described in these two documents, is unique in its kind, which is why Apple patents were approved even without demonstrating any prototype. This development is likely to be a technological breakthrough in the electronic industry - it is not surprising that the apple corporation kept its developments secret until the very end.
The fact of the upcoming emergence of new technologies only strengthens the value of the "apple" corporation. So, one of the largest investment banks Goldman Sachs issued a recommendation for the mandatory purchase of shares of the company for the following reasons:
- Apple does not maximize its software assets.
- Potentially, the emergence of package offers (such as Amazon Prime).
- In the future, Apple TV can play a huge role in the development of the market.
- The level of sales of various devices remains at a high level.
The official release from Goldman Sachs also says that the wise decision from the brainchild of Steve Jobs is to launch a global service that could use Apple devices to sell applications, especially according to the subscription model for certain periods: “With an extensive database of loyal users, which currently employs more than 500 million people, our company sees significant potential for Apple to increase monetization. "
Apple currently offers various software services, including Apple Music, Apple Pay, and the long-awaited TV service. According to bank analysts, the Cupertino corporation does not use the capabilities that their branded devices provide - iPhone, iPad, Mac, and smart watches Apple Watch.