Newly published Apple Front Row patent application hints at cross platform use

“On August 16, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled Multimedia control center… Simply put, It’s Apple’s Front Row application patent,” Neo reports for MacNN.

“At one point in the patent, Apple interestingly calls for an improved cross platform interface. Technically Apple’s Front Row application runs on their desktops, notebooks and Apple TV which could be considered cross platform. On the other hand, that verbiage could be opening the door a crack to the possibility of seeing Apple’s Front Row application appearing on other consumer devices in the future. Apple patents constantly discuss how one application will run on multiple devices and yet rarely if ever couch it in terms of being cross platform. So this isn’t common Apple patent phraseology,” Neo reports.

Full article, including discussion of future Apple TV upgrades, including the possibility of PVR functionality, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. C1,
    We all know about your shoe fetish from your pictures. Ok, well maybe not a true fetish (that would be No Squirt).

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    And, damn, how do I get my name turned into an advertising link like “Linux” up above?!?!? I feel so hypolinked.

  2. It feels tingly to see Neo at it again. I bet Dennis Sellers left some nasty bruises all over Neo’s body, though. That Macsimum place looks like it could have been rough on Neo.

    I wonder if the iPhone could be considered proof that Neo was on to something when he told us that Apple would lead the Next Wave of the Internet — based on Cell processors and OS X in your pocket. Go Neo. Keep your rehab schedule and try to make a full recovery. We need you back telling us your big vision of the future of Apple and what that will do to the future of the internet. We are still your fans.

  3. I can foresee Apple releasing Front Row for Windows users, especially if it future versions contain provisions to buy/rent content online or allow control of the Apple media center peripherals. We all know these devices would work better on a Mac than Windows, and, if Windows users end up using more Apple software, it will be that much easier for them to consider making a switch because they won’t be so concerned about the largely erroneous perception of a steep “learning curve”.

  4. @C1:

    So when exactly did California Punk-Pop make a comeback anyway? Maybe it’s just me, but that vid reminded me of the days of Toni Basil and “Valley Girl” (the movie).

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