“Apple may hinder wide deployment of multi-touchscreen technologies as it owns one of the patents involved, according to the analysts at iSuppli,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.

“Apple has adopted multi-touch technology within its iPhone. Such technology is more responsive than single touch, and is capable of recognising multiple simultaneous touches – which is why iPhone users will be able to pinch an area of their screen to zoom into an image, for example,” Evans reports.

“However, Apple owns one of the essential multi-touch patents, and at present: ‘It’s unclear whether Apple will be willing to accept royalty payments in exchange for use of the technology,’ the analysts said,” Evans reports.

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