A new patent application from Apple was published last week by the USPTO that revealed some neat features planned for the Apple iBooks app. The popular iOS e-book reading app looks to be getting more fun and interactive, especially when it comes to children's books.
It seems that Steve Jobs and his minions in Cupertino are reversing on the long held beliefs that a stylus isn’t required if you get a touchscreen device right. Jobs once quipped on stage during a presentation, "It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it." If you go by that statement then Apple may have blown it since two more patent apps have surfaced that show Apple looking at stylus tech for potential use in its gear.
Apple's Find My iPhone app may soon be getting some upgrades in security and sophistication. According to a recent patent application, the company is planning some new features for the app that will give users much more control over what happens when their iPhone gets lost or stolen.
Apple's iMac all-in-one computer already helps reduce a lot of clutter. In the near future, it may also help reduce the number of charging cables you have lying around. A recently dug up patent application shows that Apple may be working on integrated wireless charging that will allow your iMac or Macbook Pro to wirelessly charge your other Apple devices.
An interesting patent app has surfaced from Apple that outlines a complicated sounding system of infrared tech that will work along with future iOS cameras. The tech described in the patent sounds good form some aspects and not good from others. The good part is that IR tech might allow users to do things like get more details on an artwork at a museum or get prices on items in the store and details on items. The downside is the tech might make it so that your iPhone camera can't snap a pic of your favorite band on stage at a concert.
I'm not that big on social networking, but for many people social networking is a huge deal. Google already has a myriad of offerings that are social in nature, even if they aren’t Facebook, which many think of when they hear social networking. Many of Google's various services have a social edge to them. The catch is that many of the services are accessed through their own portals making the act of following them tedious.
I am all for thin electronics to a point. If you go too thin some gear can be hard to grip and that can be bad news if you drop the device. A patent app has surfaced from Sony that shows a novel way to create a grip for a thin camera when the lens cap is open.
Next step, Marty McFly and the Hoverboard! No, not actually, this is a patent application for what appears to be "Touch and hover sensing." What the what? That sounds pretty fancy. In the app, they speak of a sort of capacitive sensor array that not only responds to signals that are touching the surface, but hovering on either side of it - YES, both above and behind! They mention that the shield that would be behind (aka this would be the non-screen side of the iPad,) could be enhanced by an AC ground shield that would be attached to the back. What would you even do back there? I don't know, put your hand into a virtual reality screen making it look like a robot hand? Hey! Good idea!
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Apple rejected an app for inclusion on the App Store this week because it was a magazine app about Android. The publisher of the app said that the person at Apple he spoke with said, "You know… your magazine. It’s just about Android…. we can’t have that in our App Store." A report came in early in the week that Windows Phone 7 was outsold by Android devices 15:1 in the UK. The revelation came by way of an aggregator of store deals in the UK called MobilesPlease.
Based on a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week, Apple has been playing around with the idea of using carbon fiber for a little extra strength protection for their mobile devices. And, if the application is any indicator, Apple may be thinking that the iPad could be the first device to feature the new, reinforced housing.