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Courtesy USPTO

Courtesy USPTO
Interesting patents recently filed by Apple reveal much of what we already expected

A few pictures of Apple's touch sensitive patent application began springing up on various blogs recently with fairly self explanatory pictures of Apple's plans for the next iPod Video.  The patent, for "Mode-based graphical user interfaces for touch sensitive input devices," was filed three weeks ago states the following:

The invention pertains to gestures and methods of implementing gestures with touch sensitive devices. Examples of touch sensitive devices include touch screens and touch pads. The invention also pertains to user interfaces and methods of implementing user interfaces with displays.

When Apple's previous iPod Video hit store shelves with a tiny 2.5" screen sporting a 320x240 pixel resolution, Apple proponents and opponents alike criticized the company for not ditching the passé "wheel" and opting for a larger screen instead.  The touch display described in the patent seems to give the best of both worlds.  

The patent goes on to describe gesture-like qualities to the input device, claiming the wheel motions are not limited to a designated area on the screen, but can be free formed depending on the application.

Now if only Apple would give in to the rest of my demands and put WiFi on one of these things.



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hmm
By GhandiInstinct on 2/12/2006 7:24:52 AM , Rating: 0
I sense the PSP 2.0 will become the demise of this future pod player from apple : )




RE: hmm
By lexmark on 2/12/2006 8:00:38 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think society's crackPod addiction will go away overnight. Sure the psp has passed the 'hip&cool' test, but the next psp wouldn't take over the mp3 market because of its larger size and external HD. I don't think sony has has a itune-like marketplace for psp either if im not mistaken.


RE: hmm
By Enoch2001 on 2/12/2006 11:01:57 AM , Rating: 2
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GhandiInstinct said: I sense the PSP 2.0 will become the demise of this future pod player from apple : )


Unlikely; the iPod dominates this area with a solid (proven and loved) distribution model that Sony is way behind. The PSP is gigantic compared to your typical iPod Video and the lack of a hard drive cripples its capabilities in this department. Even a 2.0 version of the PSP will need room for analog pads, directional arrows, and other "game-like" controls that will always make it larger.

Where Sony *could* dominate, however, is marketing the next generation PSP at portable WiFi web browsing ethusiests (aka Nokia 770) but add GSM networking capabilities so you can browse the web without having to be in a WiFi spot. They also need to upgrade to at lease WiFi 802.11G, keep the screen the same size (or slightly larger), crisp, and make it touch sensative, and allow 3rd party manufacturers (or themselves) to release a bluetooth-type QWERTY keyboard accessory.

I feel the iPod Video and the PSP have similar *crossover* markets, but they have completely different uses also.


"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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