The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officially published a series of 49 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. on 3rd Jan 2017. In this blog I’ve briefly covered up – universal iDevice dock, the force touch trackpad for MacBooks, the Mac Pro’s security lock and more. And also mentioned this week’s Apple’s traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to it yesterday.

Granted Patents:

Aesthetically Pleasing Universal Dock: (US 20090303692 A1) A dock for supporting a plurality of differently-shaped electronic devices, the dock comprising: a housing; a connector coupled to the housing; and a compressible support layer positioned at least partially about the connector, wherein at least a portion of the compressible support layer compresses to the shape of at least a portion of an electronic device that is attached to the connector.

Mac Pro Security Lock: (US 20150159405 A1) A computing device locking mechanisms. More particularly, the present embodiment’s relate to a locking mechanism for preventing the opening of a computing device and securing the computing device at a location.

Force Touch Trackpad for MacBooks: (US 20160188103 A1) The touch pad may have a rectangular planar touch pad member that has a glass layer covered with ink and contains a captive touch sensor array. Force sensors may be mounted under each of the four corners of the rectangular planar touch pad member. The force sensors may be used to measure how much force is applied to the surface of the planar touch pad member by a user. Processed force sensor signals may indicate the presence of button activity such as press and release events. In response to detected button activity or other activity in the device, actuator drive signals may be generated for controlling the actuator. The user may supply settings to adjust signal processing and tactile feedback parameters.




Retina MacBook Pro Design: (D775,623) Apple was granted design patent today, for their 2015 MacBook Pro.


List of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple yesterday.