“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-nine newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“One of the key patents published today covers a major patent win for Apple TV, the set-top-box,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s patent clearly shows that Apple TV was and/or is going to work with cable TV and provide PVR like features. Whether Apple TV will ever make the leap to being a fully advanced iOS based Smart TV is unknown at this time…”

Purcher reports, “Although there are some that doubt that Apple will ever actually sell an HDTV version of Apple TV, our Apple TV related archives continue to show that Apple is working on LCD technology for TV’s as well as a host of other advanced technologies including 3D.”

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