“Another patent filing by Apple Computer that details a touch-screen interface for an iPod or handheld device has surface in the United States,” AppleInsider reports.

“The September 30, 2005 filing is titled ‘Proximity detector in handheld device.’ It describes a touch-screen interface for portable electronics devices that can sense when an object, such as a person’s finger, is approaching. When an object is sensed, the touch-screen interface may perform an action such as displaying a ‘virtual scroll wheel,’ navigation pad or virtual keypad,” AppleInsider reports.

AppleInsider reports, “Alternatively, the touch-screen interface described in the filing could be adapted to work with Apple’s current iPod menu interface, allowing users to employ a stylus or their finger to navigate through and select menu items on an iPod’s display screen.”

Several of the patent’s visual diagrams and their associated descriptions are in the full article here.

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

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