“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and one of them was a real surprise,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple has been granted a major patent for 3D object recognition that will allow future iPads to advance graphics like MRI images for use in hospitals and other enterprise and military applications covering high-end security systems using advanced biometrics,” Purcher reports. “Apple secretely acquired this patent at some point in the past from Swedish inventors.”

Purcher reports, “When the connections to this patent unfold, you’ll be both surprised and excited about what this means for future iOS devices.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.