“On December 1, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple’s hardware using non-visual controls,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple’s new invention also describes using Siri-like voice control assistance in future devices. This is likely the first of many new patents to follow covering this new trend of advancing to next generation interfaces that will one day be used in our home appliances, built-into our kitchen counter tops, used in our vehicle dashboards and far beyond,” Purcher reports.

Purcher writes, “While the next great thing from Apple may very well be a true next generation HDTV, Apple is already onto projects that go well beyond that into the future.”

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