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Dare to dream, iPhone nation! On September 5, Apple submitted a patent that covers every aspect of the iPhone. What makes this patent unique is that it rolls all previous patents into a single 371-page document and credits Apple CEO Steve Jobs as first in the list of inventors.
The patent application gives iPhone watchers a tantalizing glimpse of possible future software and hardware additions to the device. The document describes instant messaging, as well as Safari playing QuickTime and Flash content without leaving the browser environment.
Potential future features include a dedicated blogging client, Java software downloads, MMS picture and video messaging, and support for voice-activated commands and audio capture.
The patent includes an optical sensor at the top-center of the iPhone for videoconferencing, a promising addition. In face, the 3G iPhone expected to be released this month has been rumored to have this feature. Another possible future feature detailed in the patent application is a physical clickwheel.
The patent also contains another feature that’s rumored to be in the 3G iPhone -- geotagging. This is a way to add metadata to your photos about the locations where they were shot, allowing you to mark them on a map.
But if iPhone buyers waiting for the rumored 3G iPhone decide to keep straddling the fence and wait for the next iPhone with the goodies listed in the patent, they may be in for a long wait. Just because Apple filed this iPhone technology patent doesn’t mean they’ll be realizing everything in it.
And of course, it’s interesting that Apple’s patent is made public a week before the Worldwide Developer Conference – watch MacLife.com for more details during and after Steve Jobs’s keynote on June 9.