Apple files US patent application for ‘Multi-functional hand-held device’

“On September 7, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled ‘Multi-functional hand-held device’ originally filed in March 2006,” MacNN reports.

“In light of Apple’s September 12th ‘Showtime’ media event – this patent holds the potential of providing us with valuable insights into a new iPod and/or other hand-held device which could debut on Tuesday. Telephony is covered in this patent. However, the unique aspect of this chameleon style unit, is that it holds the potential of changing UI,” MacNN reports.

“This powerful patent covers the following topics: Touch Screen, Touch Sensitive Housing, Display Actuator, Multi-Functionality, Form Factor, One-Handed vs. Two-Handed Operation, Footprint/Size, Full Screen Display, Limited Number of Mechanical Actuators, Adaptability, GUI Based on Functionality, Switching Between Devices (GUI), Operating at Least Two Functionalities Simultaneously, Configurable GUI (User Preferences), Input Devices, Pressure or Force Sensing Devices, Force Sensitive Housing, Motion Actuated Input Device, Mechanical Actuators, Microphone, Image Sensor, Touch Gestures, 3-D Spatial Gestures, Perform Action Based on Multiple Inputs, Differentiating Between Light and Hard Touches, Example of a New Touch Vocabulary, Speaker, Audio/Tactile Feedback Devices, Communication Devices (wired & wireless) and Change UI Based on Received Communication Signals.”

Much more, including diagrams, here.

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38 Comments

  1. In the past, Steve Jobs has spoken negatively about the PDA market. He also canceled the Newton, which many of us loved.

    On the other hand, he also said that there would never be a video iPod.

    On the other other hand, this could be one of many Apple patent/trademark applications that they never use. (Numbers anyone?)

    Bottom line: September 12th can’t get here fast enough.

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