Apple Files Movable-Interface Patent for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2007, 16:35
Category: Patents

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Even if you’re not currently blown away with the iPhone, there’s more to come.
According to MacNN, Apple has reportedly filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization covering a user interface on portable devices with touchscreen interface that would allow for quick, tactile reconfiguration of on-screen elements such as icons.
In this case, a user could drag an icon to a desired location, such as with a widget under Dashboard. The method would allow for easy reconfiguration of icons as well as allow them to be automatically displaced by other icons.
The patent is currently filed under application number 60,755,368, was filed on December 30th of 2005 and credits Marcel Van Os, Freddy A. Anzures, Scott, Forstall, Greg Christie, Bas Ording, Imran Chaudhri and Stephen Lemay as inventors of the patent.
Stay tuned to the PowerPage for further details and if you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Files Patent for Retractable Port Technology

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Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 14:19
Category: Patents

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Opera’s been updated and the Skype network is apparently barfing on itself, but there’s still some cool news today. According to MacNN, Apple may be planning to offer a retractable set of ports on its future laptops.
A recently discovered patent submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office outlines a “Connection System” in which various ports located toward the rear of an Apple laptop would flip down to provide access when needed.
The patent also describes an alternate system in which access points to each port would open and close individually. Such a system might allow Apple to save space by recessing the connection points into the laptop and allow the company to create a tapered edge around the laptop when the ports were in a closed position.
No word has been given as to when this might make its way into a future Apple laptop and whether this would be focused on the consumer-oriented MacBook, the professionally-oriented MacBook Pro or Apple’s long-awaited sub-notebook, which has been in the rumor mill for some time now.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know in the comments or forums.

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