Apple Toying With The Idea Of Using iPhones For Identification

Our smartphones are highly personal devices and in some instances, they can already be used for personal identification, such as storing driver’s licenses. However it seems that Apple is taking things one step further and suggesting that perhaps our iPhones could even be used as passports.


Apple Patent Hints At iMacs With Built-In Subwoofers

Speakers built into laptops, TVs, monitors, and all-in-one desktops aren’t usually the best-sounding speakers. However for the most part, Apple has done a decent job at making them sound better than you would expect, and now it looks like the company is exploring more ideas.


Amazon Patents Real-Time Accent Translator

Accents can be difficult to understand sometimes, especially if it’s an accent that you’ve never heard before. However Amazon thinks that they might have the solution in the form of a real-time accent translator which was revealed in a recently discovered patent by Patent Yogi (via TechCrunch).


Samsung Patents An In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

According to the rumors, one of the alleged features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 is an in-display fingerprint scanner. So far there aren’t too many phones that actually use such a scanner and it would be interesting to see Samsung implement it in their handsets. Of course whether they will remains to be seen, but it looks like the company is interested.


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Apple Patents Idea Where Wireless Charging Can Work Both Ways

The concept of charging your devices is mostly one way and this concept is especially true for wireless charging where you leave your device on the wireless charging pad and that’s it. However it seems that Apple has come up with an idea (and patented it) where wireless charging might be able to work both ways.


Apple’s Self-Driving Car Could Adapt Based On Your Stress Levels

We imagine that the thought of getting into a self-driving car can be a bit scary. After all this is a computer that controls the speed and direction of the car which can be a bit disconcerting at first. However Apple could have come up with an idea on how to better handle such situations, which is by detecting the stress levels of the passenger.


Apple Patents iPhone-To-iPhone Transfers By Bumping Handsets Together

If you’re looking to transfer files from iPhone to another iPhone, there are various ways around that. For example you could send it over iMessage, share a Dropbox link, send it using WhatsApp, use Google Drive, or even use Apple’s proprietary transfer feature in the form of AirDrop.


Uber Could Be Creating An AI System That Can Tell When You’re Drunk

Ever had to drive a drunk friend home? Ever had to clean up the mess that friend left on your backseat? Imagine how taxi drivers, Uber drivers, and Lyft drivers must feel having to go through that experience on a nightly basis. However it seems that Uber could be trying to take the guesswork out of the equation.


Apple Could Launch A MagSafe Adapter For Its USB-C MacBooks

Apple seems to be shifting towards going full USB-C, at least as far as its MacBooks are concerned. While we suppose this was a natural evolution, many MacBook owners have lamented that it also effectively killed off one of Apple’s best inventions to date – the MagSafe power adapter.


FaceTime Could Eventually Hide Your Background During A Call

When you FaceTime with someone, whatever’s going on in the background can usually be seen as FaceTime basically uses your front-facing camera, so whatever the camera sees will be shown to the other person. This is unless you purposely position yourself with a neutral-looking background.


Apple Working On ‘Living Hinge’ Design For Its MacBooks

For the most part, the hinges on our laptops are pretty standard and are designed to help the laptop open up. We don’t really think much about it, but could it be improved upon? That’s something that Apple seems to think that they can do, and in a patent spotted by Patently Apple (via 9to5Mac), it seems that Apple is working on something called the “living hinge”.


Face ID In The Future Could Include Vein Scanning On A User’s Face

At the moment Apple’s Face ID feature works pretty much as intended and seems to be pretty hard to fool. However it doesn’t mean that it is perfect, but if a recently published patent is anything to go by, it seems that in the future Face ID could be made more accurate/secure.


Apple Patents Apple Watch With A Circular Design

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s launch several years ago, the competition for the most part were launching square-ish smartwatches. This led to rumors that Apple might go a different route and launch a round smartwatch instead, but as we all know this clearly did not happen, but on hindsight it seems like maybe it didn’t matter.


Apple Patents A Way To Protect Users’ Eyes From Bright Screens In Dark Rooms

Have you ever unlocked your smartphone in the morning only to be blinded by the phone’s display? It is rather annoying and probably not good for your eyes, but it seems that iPhone users might have something to look forward to in the future, thanks to a recently discovered patent filed by Apple.