According to media reports, Apple submitted new patent application to the U.S. Patent and USPTO, including Thunderbolt ultra-high-speed transmission interface, tactile feedback, etc..
Thunderbolt ultra-high-speed transmission interface: According to the patent application documents, this technology makes the Thunderbolt interface able to deliver better networking capabilities and allow data to go through each equipment. Currently, Apple uses the Thunderbolt interface technology on the Mac, while it’s still applied in its Thunderbolt display.
The tactile feedback: This technology allows the touch-screen devices such as the iPhone and iPad users to have relevant touch feeling when touch the specific items, it can run on the keystogether with other applications by a linear vibration monitoring.
In addition, Apple also submitted the improved iSight Webcam patent application, and Samsung’s Flash memory related patent applications.
In March this year, the U.S. technology blog BusinessIsider gave a survey on global 21 technology giants patent number, which Apple had only 4649 patents, ranked 15. The top three are IBM, Samsung and Canon.