The one thing Apple really excels at is innovation in design, and they know it. So, three years ago they sought to patent both the slide to unlock feature of the Lock screen and the letters that pop-up when you're typing on the iPhone's keyboard.
Today, those patents were finally granted. Titled "Animated graphical user interface for a display screen of portion thereof," the patent covers both features Apple sought to protect. Most smartphone manufacturers have avoided elements like these, but now Apple can officially ask for license fees from copycats.
Sure, the iPhone 4 may be barely two months old by now, but that isn’t stopping some folks from looking ahead to what the next model may bring. With Apple’s recent hiring of a “near field communications” (NFC) expert, the future may be using your handset to pay for most everything.
Anyone that's ever had their email, Facebook or World of Warcraft account hacked knows that maintaining robust computer security is serious business. There are tons of applications out there to protect your online information, like 1Password, but significantly fewer solutions available to ensure the security of mobile platforms on an as-needed basis.
The data-mining sorts over at Patently Apple have uncovered a patent that suggests Cupertino may have a typically elegant solution for mobile hardware and software security on the way. The patent details what Apple calls an "exciter," and the possibilities for the technology are worthy of the name.
Apple routinely files patents well off the beaten path. The technology detailed in the filings are not always designs that Apple intends to bring to market, but oftentimes the concepts behind the doodles are so cool that you hope that Cupertino ends up putting the product into production as soon as possible. Such is the case with this patent application for a high-tech bicycle computer that was dug up by Patently Apple earlier this week.
More Apple patents have arrived on the scene at the USPTO website, and it looks like the Cupertino-based technology giant is conjuring up a few mobile app ideas. Currently, there are patents for three different apps that focus on travel, hotel and designer fashion shopping.
Apple is in ur life, augmentin' ur realities! Well, not yet, but Patently Apple has discovered some evidence that suggests that the Cupertino-based company may want to head in that direction--and make plenty of dough doing it.
While iPod nano users have been enjoying the ability to tune in FM radio for quite some time now, the users of other Apple devices such as the iPod classic and the iPhone have been left out the over their air audio party. A new patent for the Cupertino-based company in the area of HD radio may signal that this bizarre exclusion's days are numbered.