Apple patents reveal ambitions in augmented reality and more

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Apple Inc.’s latest software announcements may have been fairly standard, but the company has some tricks up its sleeve — at least if its patent filings are any indication.
A review of Apple’s
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patent library reveals a deep focus on wearables, health, augmented reality and autonomy, according to Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan.
“In our opinion, there is a large effort underway on new product development, clues to which are hidden in the patent applications,” he wrote in a Thursday note to clients.
Opinion: Apple says more with its quiet actions than on the WWDC keynote stage

Mohan said that investors often tell him that Apple is showing an “apparent lack of ongoing innovation,” but that in his view, the company’s wide-ranging ambitions are being obscured by the size and success of the iPhone business. Apple is active with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, applying for 2,090 patents and receiving 2,490 granted patents just last year, though it’s worth noting that many patented technologies never see the light of day.
Still, Apple’s patent filings convey a strong interest is building up the Apple Watch’s health capabilities. Apple has applied for patents for Apple …

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