European patent application shows Apple ‘iPhone’ info?

“A search of the European Patent Office reveals a patent application from Apple entitled ‘Database programs for handheld devices’ that was published in Feb 2006,” arn reports for Mac Rumors. “As advertised, the patent describes techniques for providing access to databases from handheld devices. The application, however, incidentally points out that ‘the remote handheld device can, for example, be a wireless phone which uses a telecom server to communicate with the database program.'”

“Apple describes limitations in current implementations in that ‘the user may use a remote wireless phone to find a phone number stored in a database, but there is no convenient way for the user to place a call to that phone number.’ The patent application describes methods for accessing remote databases and hyperlinking relevant data (urls, phone numbers etc…) to perform tasks conveniently — such as dialing,” arn reports. “The application shows images of a cell phone interface demonstrating the interactions.”

Full article here.

Mac Rumors has posted a “Gallery of iPhone Patents” here.

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19 Comments

  1. Hmmm… any phone that can access and utilize remote telephone numbers can also stream music and any other data. You need not have a 30 Gbyte telephone. Hell, ou wouldn’t even need a 30 Gbyte iPod anymore, just stream it directly from your iMac at home.

    This isn’t too far fetched being that Apple has been streaming music from one computer to another for as long as iTunes has been around, and recently they added features such as sharable photo albums in iPhoto. Other data can be sent such as maps, travel directions and other information. Imagine your iMac’s GoogleEarth video output being sent you your phone.

    With Apple’s desire to make all things simpler and quicker, a photo taken by the phone can be automatically streamed to the home computer for safe storage and immediate sharing. The same things can be done for recording long phone conversations.

    Multiple family/business phones can all share the same database from one iMac, auto-syncing directories on the fly, and even using the Mac for video conferencing multiple cellphones.

    – or –

    I could be all wrong and the iPhone is just a diversionary tactic to get the gossips and snoops away from their real April 1st announcement.

  2. This does not bode well for Apple.

    Anything Apple does will fail. It will never work. Nothing Apple has ever done has ever succeeded. So this phone cannot work. If it isn’t Linux or Windows, it’s nothing!

    OS/2 was great! It should have won. Pink forever!

    JD

  3. Sounds like they are talking about linking with .Mac. You have to remember that Apple builds upon its existing products in methodical way that only becomes apparent when all the pieces start to come together. Just remember that iTunes started out life as a stand alone player/organizer.

    Something’s in the air.

  4. What is this? pump up the hit count at MacRumors week?

    They have been so out of touch with good info lately, in fact they have branched out their real inside info to another site becasue they were afraid Apple would shut them down.

    They shouldn’t even be called a “rumor site” anymore.

    Think Secret and LoopRumors

  5. Ok , I admit it.

    It’s all a troll.

    I’m 12 , I have a tiny dick and my breath smells.

    I can’t even afford a mac as mommy has taken all my pocket money away after I spent it on gay porn.

  6. Speaking of patents…..

    Why Software Patents Suck

    UNBELIEVABLE! I think I am going to retroactively patent the binary system – think of the money! I am also going to patent the © symbol – that’s going to be a HUGE money maker as well. FNA – the U.S. patent office really needs to re-think software patents – it’s currently out of control. Read the story above. NO CAN COMPUTE.

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