Apple’s patents are always very interesting to say the least. Every time we see one we are constantly reminded that Apple not only thinks outside the box, but also manages to stay two steps ahead of everyone else in terms of new ideas and technological innovation.
Apple have filed a patent for a system controlled by fingers hovering over a surface, rather than necessarily touching it. One potential application for the technology could see it integrated into the capacitive touchscreen of the iPhone, allowing the handset to recognize non-contact gestures, shut off different parts of the display, or highlight specific touch-controls.
Updated Apple patents documenting how the company envisages larger-scale multitouch displays reacting to all fingers of both of a user's hands have added further fuel to the suspicion that a MacBook Tablet is in development. The patent, 52 pages in length, suggests a full-touchscreen Mac Tablet with window-based GUI as in OS X; controls would adapt to finger input, expanding to avoid accidental overlap presses, horizontal, vertical or circular scrolling would be supported, and a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard provided.
With all the Apple rumors over the past week or so, Brenda and I were discussing whether we'd rather see a grown-up iPod Touch-style UMPC from the company, or a full-sized MacBook Tablet. As a Tablet PC user in the past, I'm a sucker for the full-sized option running OS X; Brenda is more keen on something super-portable that will kick Microsoft's UMPC format into the dust. In the end, we decided to argue it out online and give SlashGear readers the chance to throw in their opinions too; we're calling it "He Said, She Said" and you can read our thoughts (and leave your own) after the cut.
Supposing you saw the one single appearance of a MacBook with a touchscreen during the Apple keynote "Back to the Mac" in the year 2010, you may be wondering when this device is going to be released. As it was stated then by Steve Jobs - and as the company has maintained since - the touchscreen laptop doesn't work. Today, though, a new sort of MacBook has appeared in a patent application from Apple - one with a touchscreen on it.
Google shook up the Android world with the Nexus One, throwing down the gauntlet to manufacturers to step up their hardware game and pushing the open-source platform to the bleeding edge of smartphone functionality. Now the search giant is back with its second self-branded device, the Nexus S, a Samsung-made handset with a few unique features of its own. Is this the best Android smartphone today, or just another Galaxy S sibling? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Weeks are flying by and it's time for another week in review. Monday we learned that a new hack was available from the iPhone Dev Team that adds MMS to first generation iPhones and tethering to 3.1.2 OS for the later iPhone models. We also found out that Microsoft is set to issue a new update for the Xbox 360 that will break unauthorized storage devices. That means that some gamers will be unable to access the saved game data after applying the new update.