Apple employees file for ‘wide touchpad and keyboard’ patent

“Several Apple employees have collectively filed a patent request for a wide touchpad on a noteboook computer, where the palm rest areas of the portable would formed a said touchpad,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider. “In the filing made on August 25, 2004 and published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple employees describe several examples of a ‘wide touchpad and keyboard’ that would allow a user to interact with the display screen and enter data.”

“One description says the wide touchpad may be a cursor control device having the capabilities of conventional computer mouse, such as the ability to point, drag, tap, and double tap objects on a graphical user interface, as well as more general purposes such as scrolling, panning, zooming, and rotating images on display screen,” McLean reports. “The patent filing — which is credited to several known Apple employees such as Bas Ording and Bartley Andre — goes on to list dozens of possible behaviors for a wide touchpad, including a device that would support ‘multiple or two-handed input.'”

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13 Comments

  1. This sounds it can be a patent that will see actual implementation in a real product. At the same time, it seems like a natural extension to Apple’s trackpad innovactions like 2-finger scrolling.

    BTW, I was reading in another forum somewhere, but someone suggested a very logical and natural way to implement right-click without adding a 2nd button. Why not make it a “right-click” if you place 2 fingers on the trackpad and click? A “left-click” would simply be 1 finger and a click, and like Mighty Mouse, you would have to go into Trackpad preferences to turn this feature on.

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  2. seriously.. I don’t understand the big deal about not having a 2nd button on the track pad.

    it takes 3 or maybe 10 minutes to get accustomed to using your pinky to hold the control key to simulate the right click.

  3. “[…] including a device that would support ‘multiple or two-handed input.'”

    Most of us only have two hands. I don’t really want to have to bring a friend along for an interface that requires more than two hands…

    😀

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