The decision by the USPTO, while relevant to the most recent Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial, isn't final and could take months or years to come to conclusion.
The chipmaker is accusing Samsung and Qualcomm of infringing its patents related to the company's core graphics technology.
The high-tech specs may someday look more like ordinary glasses, if this set of pictures shows a new design direction.
The struggling handset maker combines its 44,000 patents and several key software projects into a single unit as it tries to develop new revenue streams.
In total, Apple is awarded 55 new patents on Tuesday, but the most notable is a camera patent that may have been integrated into the original iPhone in 2007.
Apple's Siri has been working on iOS to provide digital assistance, but now, the platform might have some tricks up its sleeve for the Mac.
The concept could help enable more complex gaming on mobile devices and perhaps offer a boost for lagging tablet sales.
The envisioned system would help you plan your route by analyzing stop lights, stop signs, and obstacles that can slow your trip.
Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.
The new patent highlights a device referred to as "iTime" that comes with built-in sensors and can connect with mobile phones.