More info surfaces regarding Apple’s latest iPod touch-screen patent filing

“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.]

Related articles:
Hon Hai Chairman: Apple about to unveil next-gen iPod using a ‘none-touch’ concept – June 15, 2006
Patent application shows iPod capable of live wireless video conferencing – June 13, 2006
Apple files applications for multipoint touch screen, media file patents – May 11, 2006
Apple applies for ‘smart’ touch-screen virtual keyboard, wireless iPod remote control patents – April 28, 2006
RUMOR: Apple delays new video iPod for redesign of touch-screen interface – April 13, 2006
Apple employees file for ‘wide touchpad and keyboard’ patent – March 02, 2006
RUMOR: True Apple video iPod with 3.5-inch display, touch-screen click wheel coming soon – February 09, 2006
Apple patent application for ‘Visual expander’ for touchscreen display revealed – February 06, 2006
Apple applies for more touch-sensitive display tablet patents – February 02, 2006


  1. Thorin fuck you, I hate talking to complete unaware dumbasses like you that dont get it jsut because they havnt stayed in touch and up to date with what they are working on.

    fucking douche… I really DID know everything they were doing except integrating the legacy touch screen with their new interface…

  2. Thorin and tt up in a tree
    First came love, then came marriage
    Then came a touch screen with no surface carriage.

    Sorry guys….couldn’t resist……

    Don’t hate me because I am beautiful!

  3. “Apple’s got something in the pipeline that’s gonna make Zune look like a block of clay.”

    It already does look like a block of clay. What Apple has will make Zune look like a block of clay that was eaten by a dinosaur billions of years ago, crapped out and has pertified into a lump of solid rock.

  4. TT,

    If you hate talking to unaware dumbasses, then why don’t you keep your mouth shut with your, “I already knew about this stuff before you did!” exclamations. That way no one will remark on how lame you are and you and your arrogant assholeishness can live in silent peace together.

    Oh yeah, before you got the news, I’m sure there were alot of other people who already knew about the patent, so, TT, at the time, what did it feel like being an unaware dumbass?

  5. Holy crap, I didn’t go ballistic

    and call the dude names. It’s just

    the statement “I already knew all

    of this”. BFD, we don’t care. Once

    again, the anonymity of the internet

    has made another punk 10 feet tall

    and bulletproof. I am plenty chilled,

    but thanks.

  6. BTW,

    I don’t keep my family fed by keeping

    up to date on touchscreen technology.

    I don’t presume to know what anyone

    else’s priorities are.

    It looks like it will make a truly cool


    Viva La Revolution!

  7. The technology looks very much like that used in a mobile handset, called NeoNode N1. Google the name or search for it on

    The touch-screen does not register pressure like tradition screens, but registers light-dark differences in a layer just above the screen.
    This works out like not having to touch the screen, you could easily put a layer of thin film or plastic above the screen to protect it and still being able to use it.

    Unless I got my understanding about apple’s device completely wrong, they might as well save themselves a lot of work and talk to those people of the NeoNode.

    The NeoNode is for me the absolute way for a phone to go btw. Cant order one here, but so far the coolest looking phone I’ve ever seen.

    My 2cents

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