Apple at the moment obtained 66 patents for drag and drop for iPad, millimeter antennas for iPhone 12 and extra

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US iPhone 12 Pro model with mmWave antenna off-center on the right side frame

Today the US Patent and Trademark Office officially issued 66 patents to Apple. This morning we filed two of those issued patents for a large HMD system and a future HomePod device with built-in cameras for long-range facial recognition and more. In this report, we briefly discuss three other Apple-issued patents relating to dropping and dragging on the iPad. The iPhone 12’s millimeter wave antenna and a new Project Titan patent for another facet of their advanced LiDAR system. And, as always, we wrap up our patent report issued this week with our traditional listing of the remaining issued patents issued to Apple today.

Drag & drop function for iPad

Apple introduced the new drag and drop feature for the iPad 2017 when this patent was pending. Apple’s patent 2I-2J below exemplifies multiple drag and drop operations involving multiple data items from a source application to various target applications running on the iPad.

You can review Apple’s issued patent 10,860,200 in full here, drag and drop Apple’s iPad User Guide here, and watch the video on this feature below.

5G millimeter wave antenna for iPhone 12

In July 2019, Apple published an IP report entitled “Apple’s work on a 2020 5G iPhone continues to focus on integrating key millimeter-wave antennas. Apple is introducing the iPhone 12 with an integrated millimeter-wave antenna for the US market that only fulfills this patent that was granted to Apple today.

Apple’s Patents 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are perspective views of illustrative electronic devices showing illustrative locations where antenna assemblies for millimeter wave communication may be located. Of course, Apple decided not to illustrate where to actually implement the antenna to keep the competition off course. The patent relates to the antenna, not the actual location.

Our graphic cover picture shows the actual millimeter wave antenna window.

For more patent numbers and details, see our 2019 report or Apple’s granted patent 10,862,195.

Project Titan: Advanced LiDAR

The patent granted by Apple relates to the Titan project, systems for future fully and semi-automated vehicles. The patent covers automated systems that collect and process large amounts of sensor data to identify objects in the environment. The processing of sensor data is often limited in real time to facilitate navigation and robust control of the automated system.

In particular, lidar data from a lidar sensor can provide high-resolution information about the positions of objects in a room in the vicinity of the lidar sensor. Lidar data representations are automatically immune to fluctuations in optical lighting during the day and night. For example, lidar data can be used by an automated vehicle controller to detect objects in the vicinity of the vehicle, and this information can be used for navigation and / or movement planning in a dynamic environment. Lidar data may be available in three-dimensional point cloud format. Lidar data can be sparse and difficult to process efficiently in a three-dimensional format.

Apple’s Patent Figure 4 shows a block diagram of an example of a vehicle configured for barrier detection.

For more information, see Apple’s issued patent 10,860,034 entitled “Barrier Detection”.

The remaining patents granted to Apple today


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