A drone from the house of Apple is likely to be called iDrone, right? And it would work seamlessly with the iPhone, no? Well, if you think we are making something up then a few recent patent applications suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant may actually be working on making a drone. According to a report by 9to5Mac, in the last year Apple has filed three patent applications for a drone — two of them came to light in the last few days.
The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has published two patent applications from Apple that are in relation to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Interestingly, the patent applications were first filed in Singapore.
The first patent application from Apple about drones “covers apparatuses, systems, and methods for pairing/unpairing UAVs to/from UAV controllers. Embodiments may include various methods for pairing/unpairing UAVs to/from UAV controllers (UACs).” This seems to be the routine way of operating a drone.
The second patent application titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Tracking and Control” is related to tracking and controlling drones or UAVs through a cellular network system. In the patent application, Apple mentions that drones used for various applications, such as acquiring or sensing information (e.g., video acquisition or surveillance), delivering goods, or other activities. “The usage of UAVs has rapidly increased in recent years, in part due to the many applications in which they can be used. For example, UAVs may be utilised to travel to remote, inaccessible, and/or inconvenient locations to perform various actions.”
It has to be said that this is just a patent and big tech companies like Apple have thousands of patent applications filed. Not all end up reaching the final stage of being an end product. However, in the case of a drone, it would make sense for Apple to make its presence felt. It is already an existing category where Apple could make a play in.