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There have been plenty of times when we've found ourselves in this chilly bind. It's cold outside and we need gloves on, but we desperately need to upload photos and update out status on Facebook using our iPhones. So what do we do? Well, we rip off the gloves and feverishly poke and swipe our iPhones in the hope that we don't get frost bite and have to have our fingers amputated. It's a crazy life we live. Good thing Apple has filed a patent that could solve this problem.
The problem with most insulated gloves is that they block all, if not some of the electrical feedback from our fingers on the face of the iPhone. Apple's solution would be to give the gloves a second inner layer that would help stimulate the electrical feedback from human fingers when exposed. You would be able to peel back an exterior layer, exposing the 2nd more responsive layer.
There is currently a glove with the iPhone lifestyle in mind, The Dots glove also works along the same idea.
Apple doesn't tend to work with fabrics, save the iPod sock, but this idea has been in the works for a whiles, the application was originally filed on June 28th, 2007, a day before the original iPhone was released.