Following the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2, and the screen of the Apple Watch, issues have long past just a little quiet when it comes to Apple merchandise. But we keep in mind listening to murmurings now not too way back (prior to those launches) coming from the mouths of key corporate figureheads and strongly hinting that Apple is making plans to expand its portfolio with a slew of latest and cutting edge merchandise.
Now there’s a few proof to signify the place Apple is making plans to indicate its aggressive cannon for its subsequent batch of latest hardware, as main points have emerged this week of a brand new gaming controller layout and an Apple motion cam - the corporate’s solution to the long-lasting Go Pro.
Patently Apple has found out a brand new patent for a changed Home button for iPhone and iPad units, it kind of feels the patent main points a layout the place the Home key doubled up as a gamepad-taste thumbstick. The Home key seems to have modes, one is an ordinary surroundings the place it purposes like a standard Home key, whilst the second one mode for gaming sees the button pop up right into a thumbstick configuration - it could then be moved and turned around round.
While it’s truthful to mention that now not all cutting edge Apple layout patents make the transfer into exact units, this does no less than display that Apple has an eye fixed at the cellular gaming sphere and the way it can give a boost to issues for the numerous tens of millions of avid players the use of its hardware. There is in fact a bit of of a stumbling block right here, as you'll be able to see from the patent, the layout calls for a large number of mechanical gubbins seated at the back of the Home key, however that is already the territory of a big Apple funding and layout function - the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. It turns out not likely Apple can squeeze each functions in, however in all probability it’s now not solely out of doors the geographical regions of risk.
Apple’s different patent submitting, pronounced in The Telegraph, is for a water resistant, rugged“Action Camera” within the vein of the preferred Go Pro units. The Apple motion cam additionally includes a faraway regulate. The layout is in fact a patent filed by way of Kodak in 2012 however Apple therefore got a big swathe of Kodak’s highbrow assets, together with this actual patent –– therefore why the pictures come with Kodak branding.
The motion cam marketplace is unexpectedly increasing with prime funding from a number of outstanding producers. Often we see designs with more than one attachment varieties, because the cameras are designed for sports activities aficionados from surfers to skydivers to skate boarders. As a end result, Apple’s layout additionally features a number of mounts for such things as a scuba diving masks, motorcycle helmet, and more than a few forms of board. The faraway keep an eye on seems to be wrist fixed with a strap.
The patent additionally describes key layout options meant to provide higher efficiency than Go Pro units, in particular it indicates the Go Pro vary are at an obstacle as they may be able to handiest shoot video dealing with forwards. Another most likely extra urgent factor is the recommendation that Go Pro units don't seem to be aerodynamic sufficient, inflicting vibrations from wind resistance and impacting recording high quality. Another notice talks of an underwater microphone or “hydrophone” for audio seize even if submerged.