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Future iPhones could be touch-sensitive all over

Future iPhones could be touch-sensitive all over In the future, you might be able to grab your iPhone and control it from any angle.Touchable, scrollable input spots on the phone's backside could revolutionize the device, according to a new patent.

It’s possible iPhone cameras could soon refocus the shot — after a photo is taken

It’s possible iPhone cameras could soon refocus the shot — after a photo is taken A recently uncovered Apple patent details a method for generating focus stacks to make that possible.More: Apple’s iPhone 8 may feature wireless charging and an iris sensor But, if a camera could capture all that information, adjusting the focus after the shot would be possible.

Future iPhones could catch screen cracks before they turn into major problems

Future iPhones could catch screen cracks before they turn into major problems Walking around with a cracked iPhone screen isn't a good look.The patent lays out potential methods for detecting cracks as they form on the iPhone's display cover.

Google patent describes tileable displays to turn your living room into a movie theater

Google patent describes tileable displays to turn your living room into a movie theater The patent aims to improve on an earlier patent granted to the Mountain View, California company, by eliminating bezels between tiled displays.As it stands, there are really three methods for creating a giant wall-mounted display.

Apple was just granted a patent for a touchscreen that reads fingerprints

Apple was just granted a patent for a touchscreen that reads fingerprints The iPhone’s home button could soon disappear.The patent itself was first spotted by AppleInsider, and was made public on Tuesday by the U.

Sony files patent for new handheld that looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch

Sony files patent for new handheld that looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch For gamers who are in love with their PS Vita’s there might be hope for the future.More: Simple PS Vita homebrew exploit gives access to hobbyist-created games, apps NeoGAF user ponpo is the one who spotted the patent.

Apple might be creating its own version of Bitmoji

Apple might be creating its own version of Bitmoji On Monday, Apple was granted a patent for an "avatar editing environment" that looks a lot like Bitmoji, the popular app from Snapchat-owned Bitstrips.They can also modify face shapes and skin color and will be able to choose whether to create the avatar automatically or manually.

Apple patents avatar creation app that looks like its version of Bitmoji

Apple patents avatar creation app that looks like its version of Bitmoji The tech giant has been granted a patent for a product listed as “avatar editing environment” that looks like its version of Snap’s popular Bitmoji app or the Nintendo Mii.In the vein of Bitmoji, the avatars look cartoonish rather than “real” in the illustrations Apple has provided.

Google files patent for an LED-glowing, motion-sensing power cord

Google files patent for an LED-glowing, motion-sensing power cord Recently, the Mountain View, California, company filed a patent for a particular kind of power cord — one with an accelerometer and motion-sensing lights.Now you have to fumble for your nightstand, grab your phone, and light up the screen to find your power cord.

Samsung may be working on a slide-out, expandable phone

Samsung may be working on a slide-out, expandable phone As per information discovered by Patently Mobile, Samsung has yet another phone patent “with an expandable slide-out display so that watching TV shows, movies, and playing games could be done in wide-screen mode.” Sure, this technically isn’t a folding phone, but it’s certainly an expandable one.

Apple is dead set on moving Touch ID into your iPhone screen

Apple is dead set on moving Touch ID into your iPhone screen OK Apple, we get it: You really want to move our TouchIDs straight into our iPhones' displays.The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Apple yet another patent Tuesday that focuses on new potential designs to embed fingerprint reading tech directly into a phone's screen.

This Google patent is an odd camera hat with headphone-free personal sound

This Google patent is an odd camera hat with headphone-free personal sound A recent Google patent details a camera hat designed for live interactive sessions and emergency assistance, with a social media hint and a few odd quirks.The hat includes a camera system, data storage, and a wireless connection.

Future iPhones may have something in common with Fruit Roll-Ups

Future iPhones may have something in common with Fruit Roll-Ups Apple's far-flung concepts for a future iPhone seem to be inspired by a famous snack food.It would allow future iPhone owners to hide their screens anytime they like.

Apple patent for scroll-like mobile device with rollable display surfaces

Apple patent for scroll-like mobile device with rollable display surfaces An Apple patent dating back to August 2015 has just surfaced, illustrating a scroll-like device with a bendable display.The two barrels would house all of the device’s internal components between them, according to the filing.

Google patents an “energy manager” that tracks and controls electricity usage

Google patents an “energy manager” that tracks and controls electricity usage On Thursday, Google filed a patent for a system that would provide “intelligent temperature management based on energy usage profiles and outside weather conditions.The data provided by these two factors could then be used to tell customers how best to save energy in their homes, allowing for more efficient energy management.

Your iPhone's camera could one day scan a room to pick out faces

Your iPhone's camera could one day scan a room to pick out faces The patent, which was first spotted by AppleInsider, reportedly came to Apple as part of its 2013 acquisition of the company behind the Xbox Kinect, PrimeSense.The filing describes a system that could use computer vision to review digital images in real time in order to detect human faces and other targeted objects.

Apple might be working on its own VR headset to connect with future iPhones

Apple might be working on its own VR headset to connect with future iPhones But that doesn't mean Apple isn't contemplating how it might someday dominate the space when the time is right.The company today was granted a new patent for a remote controlled head-mounted display system to house an iPhone.

Sony patent could let you wirelessly charge your phone from another device

Sony patent could let you wirelessly charge your phone from another device If Sony gets its way, however, keeping all charged up could be a little bit easier.The company has applied for a patent that will allow you to wirelessly charge your phone straight from someone else’s phone.

Sony patented a way for you to steal battery power from your friend's phone

Sony patented a way for you to steal battery power from your friend's phone A new patent filed by Sony could let you charge a smartphone by sucking precious energy from a friend's device.The patent describes a way to wirelessly transfer power between devices using near-field communication (NFC) technology.