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Apple wins another patent for a head-mounted display

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170187855) for a head-mounted display. This one involves retaining a portable electronic device — almost certainly an iPhone — with the display.

The invention would allow you to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a handheld portable electronic device with a separate head-mounted device, temporarily integrating the separate devices into a single unit). The iPhone may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that it can be worn on the user’s head. 

The iPhone may be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device and head mounted device can communicate and operate with one another. Each device may be allowed to extend its features and/or services to the other device for the purpose of enhancing, increasing and/or eliminating redundant functions between the head-mounted device and the portable electronic device.

Apple has been granted other patents for head-mounted displays, including patent numbers 9,482,869, 9,646,574 and 8,957,835, 

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.