28 new Apple patent filings reveal 3D printer, 3D Maps, EarPod technologies and more

“On December 26, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of 28 new patent applications from Apple,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“This particular report covers Apple’s second invention relating to a 3D printer in the last month along with a spattering of links to patents covering everything from 3D navigational maps to the technology behind Apple’s EarPods and more,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s patent [application] is very heavy on the technical side of this 3D printer and never really discusses anything that would remotely relate to a consumer product. So for the time being, it may very well be a new tool for Jony Ive’s Industrial Design Team to make prototypes with.”

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


  1. Somebody needs to brush up on their reading comprehension skills.

    The article is about a patent for printing ONTO an existing 3D object. Specifically it describes a technique for printing a conductive material onto a 3D surface.

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