Apple wins 23 new patents, covers Aperture, GarageBand

Ashleigh Allsopp
24 May, 2012
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Apple has been granted 23 new patents, covering Aperture, GarageBand and more.

Patently Apple reports that the Aperture related patent covers the image editing tool’s preview feature, and the GarageBand patent relates to the graphical user interface for music lessons.

In the patent documents, published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple states: “GarageBand taught you how to play. Now it tests your chops. As you play along with any lesson, record yourself. GarageBand listens in real time and lets you know how you’re doing. You’ll see how well you played with coloured notes, a progress bar, and a performance meter. You can check your rhythm and note accuracy, keep track of your progress, and beat your best score – all while perfecting your skills.”

Patently Apple also provides a list of the other patents newly granted to Apple, including:

  • Managing user interface control panels
  • Browsing or searching user interfaces and other aspects
  • Zoom indication for stabilising unstable video clips
  • System having a plurality of buffers for providing audio for synchronised playback to multiple audio devices
  • System for browsing through a music catalogue using correlation metrics of a knowledge of base mediasets
  • Immediate search feedback
  • Thermal spray coating for seamless and radio-transparent electronic device housing
  • User programmable switch
  • Wireless headset having adaptive powering
  • Electronic device with automatic mode switching
  • Method and apparatus for image acquisition, organisation, manipulation and publication
  • Cursor transitions
  • Apparatus and methods for connecting two electrical devices together
  • Calibration of temperature sensing circuitry in an electronic device


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