Apple files ebook group reading patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published a patent application by Apple for a method of enhancing ebooks through a unique group reading environment. The patent application, one of twelve discovered today by Apple Toolbox, entitled “DEVICE, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR A GROUP READING ENVIRONMENT”, describes a unique method for collaborative group reading, which appears […]

iPhone 5c to be discontinued in 2015

In news out of the far east today, Taiwanese tech news website EMS One reports that Apple will discontinue the production of the so-called “low-cost” iPhone 5c in 2015. iPhone 5c production to end? The polycarbonate-backed and colourful iPhone 5c was introduced by Apple in September 2014 (read our launch story) , amidst speculation that Apple would introduce a […]

Wrap around display patent awarded to Apple

On Tuesday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Apple a patent for a device with a wrap around display. Apple may be interested in novel designs for a future iPhone, or it may one day consider the invention for other devices such as the Apple Watch. Wrap around display technology The patent, which was discovered today by Apple Toolbox entitled […]

Apple patent application for dynamic translucency

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application by Apple for a method of dynamically varying the translucency of windows in a desktop OS, suggesting that more extensive and innovative use of transparency may appear in future versions of OS X. The patent application discovered today by Apple Toolbox, entitled “GRADUATED VISUAL AND MANIPULATIVE TRANSLUCENCY […]

Transparent display patent awarded to Apple

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a transparent electronic device. Apple may be seeking to enhance its current product lineup, or use the invention for entirely new product categories, as CEO Tim Cook recently suggested Apple is working on products that “haven’t been rumoured about yet”. How will Apple use its transparent […]

Apple Watch S1 chip to be made by Taiwanese Powertech

Apple Watch may be soon enter production with manufacturing slated to be handled by Taiwanese electronics company Powertech. Apple Toolbox today discovered a story by Taiwanese online publication EMS One (which itself sourced the news from Taiwanese economic newspaper “Industrial and Commercial Times”), that says leading Taiwanese semiconductor company Powertech will be handling CPU manufacturing for next year’s […]

iPhone 6 demand helps drive Foxconn profits

iPhone 6 drives Foxconn’s Q3 profits Korean news site iNews 24 today reported that Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Foxconn achieved a net profit of 11% in the July to September financial quarter, thanks largely to the runaway success of Apple’s iPhone 6. Foxconn, which is also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, is a Taiwanese electronics […]

Apple patent application – a ceramic cover for devices

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published a patent application by Apple for a unique ceramic based electronic device housing, which suggests that Apple intends to refine its use of the material in future products such as the Apple Watch. Apple patent may relate to the Apple Watch The patent application discovered by Apple Toolbox today, entitled “CERAMIC COVER FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE […]

Apple patent for location-based security is granted

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday issued a patent to Apple for advanced location-sensitive security mechanisms, in what may be evidence that Apple will implement more intelligent ways for users to lock and unlock their devices. Apple patent enhances security based on location The patent discovered by Apple Toolbox, entitled “Location-sensitive security levels and setting profiles based on detected location”, describes […]

iPhone 6 Plus production to expand to more suppliers

An article Asian news website EMS One that was discovered today by Apple Toolbox claims that Apple’s current shortage of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus (manufactured by Taiwanese electronics supplier Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.) may ease in the medium term, due to an expansion of manufacturing to Apple’s other main supplier, Taiwanese […]