On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent from Apple relating to an iPhone accessory that allows video content to be played using a glasses style device. While Apple has been working on advanced HMDs for some time now, according to our archives, this entry style video headset accessory has been ongoing since to 2008 or 12 years this month, according to Apple’s history of this patent.
Each year that Apple updates this invention we think this should be the last update, but it never is. On one hand it’s an outdated idea. On the other hand, now that Apple has Apple TV+, Arcade, and other TV shows, movies, keynotes and more, the accessory kind of makes sense again.
Watching video content on your iPhone in public, at a beach, on the porch of a country cabin, or on your long bus or train ride home, watching the content on your iPhone in a “Glasses” accessory would be like watching content on your home 42″ – 57″ HDTV but on your face. It would provide a deeper experience.
For some, that holds some appeal. Obviously, Apple thinks so too.
Whether the iPhone is slipped into the glasses or is wirelessly supporting a sleeker pair of AR Glasses, Apple is using this patent filing to add protection for future features associated with Glasses.
So, what’s New this time around?
Apple has added Twenty new Patent claims to protect another round of features and capabilities. I’ve highlighted the main feature additions found in the first 8 patent claims. Some of the claims seem to repeat the same points after claim 8. For interest sake I’ve included all 20 claims below for your review:
Apple’s continuation patent 20200300996 that was published Thursday by the U.S. Patent Office was originally filed back in Q1 2019. Considering that this is a continuation patent, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.