“When Apple introduced the iPhone in January 2007, it turned the mobile phone industry on its head. It changed everything we knew about smartphones and threw out the manual,” Jack Purcher writes for Patently Apple.

“That’s what secret out-of-the-blue technology could do when applied just right. With the iPhone’s success, the Crazy Ones of Cupertino went into high gear,” Purcher writes. “They were scribbling ideas on bar napkins as their teams feverishly pushed the idea of what Multi-Touch was and more importantly, could be. Today you’ll learn about their new Three Dimensional Multi-Touch skin technology; an idea that could explode into a plethora of future product concepts.”

Purcher writes, “Apple credits Steve Hotelling and Wayne Westerman (behind many of Apple’s crucial touch patents. Wayne came over from Apple’s FingerWorks acquisition) as the inventors of this patent application which was originally filed about 18 months after the iPhone first came to market in the summer of 2007.”

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