“Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple’s iBooks,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“For children’s books, Apple has devised a number of new gesture options to make reading more fun and interactive. One such gesture will allow a child to tap on a word and have an associated picture, animation or video pop-up to make that word come to life. For those learning a foreign language, Apple has devised a gesture to have a word present itself in the student’s native language so as to quicken the learning process,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s ideas also seem to cross over to electronic magazines where tapping on certain words could pop up a related widget. For example, when reading a financial magazine article on Apple, tapping on its NASDAQ symbol would automatically open a financial widget showing Apple’s current stock price.”

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Purcher reports, “Yet where Apple’s patent application really shines is in its description of a new chip that future iOS devices could end up adopting.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.