“In September of this year Apple introduced us to a new Spiral based iTunes UI and provided us with a nice overview,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Today, Apple opens the gate wide open and shows us that the new Spiral interface is to replace their current Cover Flow,” Purcher reports. “The new design will work with both standard and Multi-Touch displays and is likely earmarked for OS X Lion due out next summer.”

Purcher reports, “The new user interface will look really cool on Apple’s iPad for the latter half of 2011.”

Read more in the full article, which includes Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.