Apple had 237 patents in digitalization during Q1 2024. Apple Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on techniques for dynamically generating media content clips based on key events, implementing dynamic interactive on-demand user interface ordering, and performing intelligent determinations of non-linear image recording rates for improved timelapse videos. These patents also include methods for displaying user interface objects that reveal private or shared content, as well as sharing indicators for content shared with other participants. The technologies described aim to enhance user experience and content creation in various scenarios such as events, video recording, and interactive interfaces. GlobalData’s report on Apple gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Apple grant share with digitalization as a theme is 41% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Multi-layer foveated streaming (Patent ID: US20240107086A1)

The patent filed by Apple Inc. describes a computer-readable medium with instructions for processing image frames at different resolutions. The medium allows for obtaining an initial image frame at a first resolution, generating a downscaled image frame, obtaining subframes of the initial image frame, and transmitting them to a playback device. These subframes can be combined with the downscaled image frame to form a target frame with varying resolutions. The technology also involves generating upscaled image frames, difference encoding subframes, and determining regions of interest based on head pose or gaze information.

Furthermore, the patent details the process of receiving a downscaled image frame and multiple subframes at a playback device, selecting a subframe as a region of interest, and generating a combined image frame. This combined image frame is created based on the downscaled image frame and the selected subframe. The technology also includes decoding image frames, difference encoding subframes, determining power targets for the playback device, adjusting subframe sizes accordingly, and displaying the combined image frame on the device's display. Additionally, the patent discusses obtaining image frames at different qualities, generating downscaled image frames, obtaining subframes, and transmitting them to a playback device. The target frame created from these components includes areas of differing quality, with an area of the first quality surrounded by areas of the second quality.

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