Apple had 134 patents in metaverse during Q1 2024. Apple Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on enhancing the user experience in extended reality (XR) environments. This includes adjusting immersion levels to incorporate virtual content and physical surroundings, determining optimal locations for XR content presentation, conducting lens distance tests in head-mounted displays for user safety and comfort, generating synthesized data for improved visuals, and presenting videos in XR environments with spatial awareness based on camera parameters. 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 metaverse as a theme is 38% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for interacting with three-dimensional environments (Patent ID: US20240104860A1)

The patent filed by Apple Inc. describes a computer system that can adjust the immersion level of an extended reality (XR) environment based on inputs detected from a rotatable input mechanism. When a first type of input is detected, the system changes the immersion level to display virtual content from an application along with a passthrough portion of the physical environment. Different operations are performed when a second type of input is detected, such as dismissing an active application or displaying an application manager user interface.

The method outlined in the patent includes detecting rotational inputs on the rotatable input mechanism and adjusting the immersion level accordingly. Different numbers of press inputs on the mechanism trigger various operations, such as dismissing applications or enabling accessibility mode. Additionally, the system can display a home menu user interface or perform actions like taking a screenshot or powering off the computer system based on specific input combinations. Overall, the patent details a system that can dynamically change the XR environment based on user inputs for an enhanced user experience.

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