Late on Friday afternoon, Apple was granted 8 design patents from the Hong Kong Patent Office which totaled more than 20 images relating to Maps. Imagery dictates that designs relate specifically to CarPlay maps or maps on your iPhone relating to navigation. Information found in design patents is sparse as usual. The patent numbers included in this report cover 1915139.2M001 to .2M008.
All the design patents convey is that the designs relate to “graphical user interfaces for electronic devices”, which lacks any specificity. All design patents were generally filed under Locarno Classification 14 – 04 which covers “screen displays and icons”.
Unlike “patent applications” which provide the public with a summary, summary and details of an invention, design patents published worldwide are limited to providing the public only with design patent numbers. No additional design specifics are available.
CarPlay / Navigation Map Design Patents
The first design patent 1915139.2M008 is for a mobile icon that includes a live binoculars icon that could serve as a search and/or navigation tool. This is what it looks like, because there is no explanation to confirm it. Maybe you will see it as a headlights icon.
You can also see in patent # 1915139.2M007 below that the icon is able to move in any direction while driving.
You can see in patents 191539.2M003, 04, 05 and 06 below the outlines of buildings with identifiers in different colors that indicate the types of stores available and in 2M005 we can see street markers from the road to come to help or guide the driver. All designs are shown in vertical view for an iPhone. It’s unclear if this is part of Street View and looking around at this time.
WWDC20 – CarPlay
After failing to find these types of map images on Google, I looked through Apple’s new CarPlay sessions for developers hoping to find images that matched the newly granted design patents and got nothing found nearby.
You can read more about the brand new CarPlay models for developers in this session here. Last year, there was only one model to work with for “Navigation”. Apple has greatly expanded the models for CarPlay to now include: audio; Communication ; charging electric vehicles; the parking ; and the fast food command, as shown in the screenshot below. The only other CarPlay related session was for the new iPhone Car Keys app which you can check out here.
If you’ve seen any Apple Map images that match the newly granted design patents, be sure to drop us a line at [email protected]
An example of a design patent from the Hong Kong Patent Office
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