Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office released a punchy patent application from Apple. Inventions on the record cover a new Apple Watch design and a possible HDTV. In 2012, Apple reported on Corning’s new, highly flexible and strong “Willow Glass”, as shown in our cover graphic. Corning, NY “A bit timely given that we just released a report titled“ Apple Rewards Corning First Investment of Their Advanced Manufacturing Fund as Pledged. ”The mention of an HDTV is also quite timely given that Foxconn is likely to announce a large billboard factory in the United States later this year, an idea that was first presented to President-elect Trump in early January.
New Apple Watch design possible
Apple notes that their patent covers exemplary system applications, including portable, roll-up and foldable displays. From Apple’s FIG 11 patent shown below, we can see a brand new watch design that includes a single continuous flexible display covering both the face and the strap. It’s an idea that Apple has been working on since 2015.
Apple further notes that in one embodiment, the portable electronic device is a smart watch including a dial, bracelet, and clasp. A flexible display panel # 215, # 315 (noted above) can be integrated into the smartwatch so that it extends over both the face and the strap of the watch. According to embodiments of the invention, a bezel width surrounding the display panels can be minimized, for example less than 4-5mm or even less than 1mm, less than 0.5mm, or eliminated.
A module in the watch includes a processor and memory for managing the portable electronic device and performing or interpreting instructions and commands for the portable electronic devices.
The module can also include a communication module. In one embodiment, the communication module may further include wireless transceivers for Bluetooth or WLAN connectivity, and may further include one or more WWAN transceivers. to communicate with a wide area network including a cellular data network.
In one embodiment, the operations further include receiving a configuration of the flexible display panel of the watch face and strap, receiving a design from the derived data (e.g., a design type watch comprising a dial and a watch strap), and update the flexible display panel covering the watch face and smart watch strap with the received design.
Apple’s patent FIG. 5A is a front view schematic illustration of a display substrate comprising an array of # 214 LEDs and # 216 microchips in a display.
Apple HD TV
According to Apple, the patent FIG. 17 noted below “shows a diagram of system # 1700 for one embodiment of a display system (eg, television) including a flexible display panel # 1710. ”
Whatever type of “television” Apple envisions may not be conventional. On the one hand, it will contain a flexible battery. Apple specifically notes that “The system also includes a 1780 power module (for example, flexible, hard-wired, or wireless charging circuits, etc.), a 1708 peripheral interface and one or more 1790 external ports (for example, Universal Serial Bus (USB), HDMI, Display Port and / or others).
Second, Apple notes that “In one embodiment, the display system includes a # 1712 communication module configured to interface with the external port (s). For example, the communication module may include one or more transceivers operating in accordance with IEEE standards, 3GPP standards, or other communication standards, and configured to receive and transmit data through the external port (s).
Apple illustrates a television at the start of the patent, but its reference is in the context of what Apple wants to improve and not necessarily the design of its eventual future television. But it is clear that the invention covers a television set as they noted in the patent.
As a reminder, the vast majority of patent applications relate to a connected watch, with the television only covering around 5% of the patent. It is therefore definitely not the priority of this invention.
And one more thing, Patently Apple released a report last month titled “Korea’s deep paranoia sets in as Apple considers supply shift to China and Apple Watch 3 goes micro-LED.” Today’s patent filing covers micro-LEDs as follows: “In one aspect, the embodiments of the invention describe display panels and display module packaging configurations in which Micro-LED devices and / or microchips are transferred and linked to wiring using an electrostatic transfer head assembly. “
Apple’s invention is noted as being filed in January 2017.
It should be noted that this is not a design patent, so a possible new Apple Watch design doesn’t have to look like the one pictured in the patent filing. Utility patents only provide us with an overall concept, not the actual design. Apple has plenty of design ideas for the Apple Watch, as shown in our archives here.
The concept showcased in today’s patent is just one of many, although extending a display to the group is one of Apple’s themes. Additionally, Apple acquired LuxVue regarding their Micro-LED technologies and their ideas on how to implement this future display market.
Earlier this month, Apple released a report titled “Back to Samsung Seeks to Join Micro-LED Display Race with Apple, Sony and Oculus.” , a micro-LED maker for an estimated $ 150 million. The report notes that “Apple is reportedly considering using the screen for its new devices, including Apple Watch, and ultimately for the iPhone.“From their report, it’s clear that the industry thinks Apple will one day surprise them with an Apple Watch based on micro-LEDs or other products like a head-mounted display.
If Apple plans to use Micro-LED displays for a future watch, then it will have to rely on LuxVue’s expertise and technology, as outlined in the patent report released today. Apple knew this was a future trend and they acquired LuxVue in 2014.
One of LuxVue’s senior engineers is currently the Director of Engineering and Product Development at Apple. Obviously, micro-LEDs will play a future role in Apple’s product line and with LuxVue’s top engineer working on future products, we can safely assume that Apple Watch could be where it could be. surface for the first time.
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