A total of 46 patents were approved Tuesday, but whether the technologies will find their way into an Apple product remains to be seen.
The electronics giant's granted U.S. patents also include future active Apple Store packaging and a haptics feedback system.
The microblogging company has received a patent for a "pull down to refresh" feature, which it says it will use only if sued by another company.
The microphone used in HTC's new phone adopts components invented by Nokia, claims the Finnish phone maker.
The company has nabbed a patent that covers the design of flipping pages on a virtual screen.
The embattled Assange is at the center of a diplomatic standoff in London. It's the latest twist in a saga over a legal case in Sweden, with undertones of potential espionage charges in the U.S.
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange will reportedly receive asylum from the Ecuadorean government, according to a U.K. newspaper. But the country's president takes to Twitter to say no decision has been made.
Everyone's thinking about wearing technology. Apple is the latest to show an interest in wearable computing.
According to a recent patent grant, Apple has been interested in solving an awkward issue faced by many drivers using their iOS devices in their cars.
Other patents the giant received relate to cooling systems for computer hardware, photo management on iDevices, and crack-resistant glass.