“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“One of today’s more interesting granted patents presents a future iPhone that will be able to use its backside camera as a unique input interface allowing users to simply use swiping gestures over the camera’s lens to control certain iPhone functionality,” Purcher reports. “In addition, the new methodology will also be able to enhance one-handed navigation of web pages, documents, a contact list or your iTunes library by simply swiping the camera lens in different swiping motion combinations.”

Purcher reports, “In the future, the iPad may be able to take advantage of this feature as well if the camera is positioned correctly.”

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

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]