Apple wins key patents for iPhone video conferencing, future NFC Macs, and more

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly-granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In our first report we mainly covered Apple’s granted patents that related to a Karaoke system and advanced roaming point-of-sale system,” Purcher reports. “In today’s second granted patent report we mainly focus on three patents.”

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Purcher reports, “The first mainly covers Aperture’s plug-in architecture for exporting digital images while the second covers Apple’s original iPhone video conferencing interface that set the standard. The third and final granted patent covered today interestingly covers future iMacs and Macbooks that will integrate NFC antennas and related applications. ”

Read more in the full article, which includes Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.


    1. If true, that is very funny. A bit sadder is the guy I knew in high school named Kent Marlborough. For those youngsters having grown up in the anti-tobacco era, those were two major brands of popular cigarettes in 1950’s when poor Kent was born.

  1. Interesting. Could this mean using a future iPod or iPhone as a mouse? For work Macs, you wouldn’t have to sign in if you had a security card to flash in front of your system. Maybe the same principle could be used to access your iTunes account without typing in anything. I’m sure that there’s other good apps that Apple could dream up here. That’s for sure.

  2. The application of NFC in these patents appears to have no association with the horror stories about NFC being used for human surveillance, in particular by marketing morons (those who have no respect for their customers).

    I’m interested in where this will be going.

    Just don’t ‘read me’ wherever I go in the world. I’m not interested and will not be cooperating. Instead I will happily create EMP devices to share with my friends and loved ones, to be used to BLOW OUT NFC surveillance receivers while we celebrate our resulting freedom. 😆

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