Interesting new Siri invention revealed amid flood of 204 new Apple patent applications

“On December 12, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office insanely published 204 patent applications from Apple today covering a lot of territory,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“While I’m sure that IP professionals and engineers of every stripe will have something interesting to nibble at within this massive group of patents, there were few that would interest the general consumer,” Purcher reports. “The exception perhaps would be a new Siri related patent that holds a lot of potential for communicating with future accessories and secondary devices like Apple TV and iOS for the Car.”

“The invention, that’s about Siri on an iPhone, is focused on one device communicating with ‘another device’ or a secondary device,” Purcher reports. “The second device could be any of the following: a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a server, a media player (such as an MP3 player), an appliance, a subnotebook/netbook, a tablet computer, a smartphone, a cellular telephone, a piece of testing equipment, a network appliance, a set-top box, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a toy, a controller, a digital signal processor, a game console, a computational engine within an appliance, a consumer-electronic device, a portable computing device, a personal organizer, and/or another electronic device. The latter could also apply to a wrist band computer.”

More details, including Apple’s patent application diagram, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. Apple is already ahead of its competitors in many aspects of its ecosystem. Apple is not resting on its laurels, never has, never will. They are one of the true innovators in the industry. Companies like Microsoft and Samsung are followers, they wait to see what other companies are adding to their devices in regards to features and technology, copy what they think will sell their products, incorporate them in their next update, and say, look at us, we can do that too.

    These companies would be nowhere without Apple to steal and copy from. Fortunately, Apple is very good at keeping future features and innovations under their hat. A good example is the new 64 bit processor and operating system they came out with, with their latest release of iDevices. This has it competitors scrambling to match this feature. It will take time for them to match it, probably a year or more. In the mean time Apple can move forward with new ideas, features, and products, while the competitors scramble trying to catch up.

    One thing I’d like to see from Apple’s iPhone and iPad is better integration with the automobile. Though I can use my iPhone to make calls through my stereo system with voice commands via Bluetooth and UConnect, I can’t get the audio from my GPS app the same way. To do that, I have to run an audio cable from the audio out port on my iPhone to the auxiliary port on my car stereo, and turn off Bluetooth, which renders phone calls through UConnect disabled. Plus I can’t listen to my radio in this manner unless I stream through the iDevice. It would seem in this day and age, this could easily be addressed. I want to see a more seamless and efficient way of integrating iDevices with the technology in our cars. I’m surprised Apple or anyone else for that matter, hasn’t jumped on this yet.

    How nice it would be to have a SIRI button right on my steering wheel, and be able to control my device verbally. The possibilities this would open up would be amazing.

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