Apple gets two new iPhone-related patents

Apr 20, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- Apple is spending time with the patent office again, and this time it is for a double header. Apple has been rewarded not one, but two different patents, and they are both related to the iPhone.

The first patent, number 7,929,959, is a cardless way of activate a that is attached to a specific carrier. You may not think that getting rid of the would be that big of a deal, but in reality this idea would allow end users to be able to easily switch carriers. Users will be able to activate that are currently tied down to one carrier on a different carriers network. That would mean that an user on At&T would be able to switch over to Verizon without having to buy a new phone, with the associated hefty hardware bill. It may even, at some point in the future, give users the option to switch to other networks.

The second patent, number 7,928,965, will add a radio-frequency identifier key to the touchscreen display. The radio-frequency identifier key that could, in the future, be used as a method of data transfer. It could also be used to open radio-frequency doors, or any other number of applications. Though, this may create a potential security issue, if this technology is used for data sharing, and security will have to go with the radio-frequency identifier key.

All of this technology is currently at the patent stage. No information has been released on when, if ever, this technology can be expected to be implemented in future generations of iPhones.

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Necoras
1 / 5 (2) Apr 20, 2011
"That would mean that an iPhone user on At&T would be able to switch over to Verizon without having to buy a new phone, with the associated hefty hardware bill."

That's a blatant lie. AT&T uses GSM technology whereas Verizon uses CDMA. Those two technologies are completely incompatible. In fact, CDMA doesn't even use a SIM card. It seems much more likely that the first patent has to do with activating Verizon based CDMA iPhone 4's than any carrier independent functionality. The other option is activating between GSM carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, or any of the foreign carriers which use GSM. Do some research before you post.
Kingsix
3 / 5 (1) Apr 20, 2011
Well I do think that I heard there are some phones being produced or proposed with both technologies inside, called dual-sim phones. I may be mistaken. Also I haven't heard if Apple is interested in them.
Azethoth
5 / 5 (1) Apr 20, 2011
"That's a blatant lie. AT&T uses GSM technology whereas Verizon uses CDMA."
You may want to consider that since the tech has not been introduced yet it would apply to future LTE installations which are obviously compatible. I think Kinsiq is also trying to refer to the rumored switch to Qualcom chips which support both GSM & CDMA in the same package for the iPhone 5.

So there is no blatant lie here at all and the research is good.