Apple still has huge momentum in both the tablet and smartphone markets. But it is not planning to stop innovating. If iOS 5 and Mac OS Lion are any indication, there are some exciting times ahead for Apple fans. Patently Apple has discovered a number of patents that show what Apple could have in store for us in the near future.
It is no secret that Apple has worked hard to bring major music companies on-board with its iCloud service. Could the company give the music industry the ultimate gift by banning iPhone owners from recording music events using their phone’s camera? That is a move that can make Flip cameras attractive again. Introducing such limitations is very risky and can turn many iPhone owners off.
Apple’s “Find My iPhone” service is quite powerful and can help you find your lost device easily. iPhone users can take advantage of this application to send messages to their phone and even wipe everything on their lost iOS devices. Patently Apple has discovered a patent application that suggests Apple could be working on a more advanced “Find My iPhone” service. This application depicts a system that would alert users that the phone they have just picked up is under surveillance (just in case they like to return it).
Under this idea, your phone will record calls and information on your compromised phone. You don’t even have to get your phone back to get access to this data.
Lastly, Apple seems to have patented a 1-meter-range wireless charging system to use in the iPhones and iPads of the future. Wireless charging systems have been around for some time. But they could be expensive solutions. iPhones of the future may be able to use a wireless near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power transmission to get charged.
The ideas discussed in some of these patent applications are quite exciting. But not every one of them comes to fruition. If we could have a pick, we would rather see Apple ditch the idea of banning users from recording live concerts using their phones. That could be a deal breaker for many of us.
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