“In a second wave of granted patents published by the US Patent and Trademark Office for Apple Inc. today, we see that they’ve won several key touch related patents including two relating to virtual keyboards,’ jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“Yet the one patent that stood out above all, in my view, was a patent that secretly buried a future device that Apple has their eye on: a convertible Macbook-to-iPad-like device,” Purcher reports. “This is definitely going to be the killer device category in the coming years and we could only hope that Apple’s killer device goes from patent illustration to reality in the not-too-distant future. “
Purcher reports, “On this date, Apple was also granted serveral other patents, including one for their power connector called MagSafe, another for the MacBook’s improved power management and another for iTunes Producer. Apple’s iTunes Producer is the program that Apple created so as to allow music makers the ability to upload their songs to the iTunes Music Store. Lastly, Apple has been granted a patent for antennas for handheld devices with conductive bezels.”
Much more, including patent application illustrations, here.