Apple files massive iPhone patent application; hints at GPS, video chat

“Apple has filed for a patent that addresses virtually every aspect of the iPhone, including potential additions such as GPS mapping, media messaging, video calls, and voice commands,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

“While Apple has filed for patents covering individual aspects of the iPhone experience, including text messaging, a new patent application published late last week promises to roll all these and more into a single, comprehensive document — one which credits Apple chief Steve Jobs as first in the list of inventors,” Malley reports.

“In addition to describing much of what the iPhone is capable of today, the patent for a ‘Touch Screen Device’ would also safeguard Apple’s ability to implement several features that have yet to appear in any hardware or in a software revision for the cellphone. On a software level, the company describes simple additions such as instant messaging and a version of Safari capable of playing in-line content such as Quicktime movies or Flash without having to temporarily leave the browser environment,” Malley reports.

“Further welcome additions described in the publication would include a dedicated blogging client, Java software downloads, MMS picture and video messaging, and support for voice-activated commands as well as audio capture,” Malley reports.

More in the full article here.

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

43 Comments

  1. If I can convince my wife to let me get one of these rumored iPhones with 3g and gps,, my life would be happier and simpler, the U.S. would be powered by nuclear breeder reactors, EV cars would have 2000 mile range, all Muslims would love Americans, and Mitt Romney would become the next president.

    None of those will happen, but a guy can dream can’t he?

  2. Dang ‘Empty-Wallet’ Syndrom. I’m still using my old Nokia clamshell from 2004. No contract, just no extra money. (Especially not $20 extra / month. Dang you Budget and Good Finantial Sense!)

  3. Rudge:

    You actually have two choices: wait for iPhone 3.0 (or perhaps 4.0, or 5.0, depending on what else they might promise), or get iPhone 2.0 in the next two weeks and enjoy it for the next twelve months (assuming the product refresh cycle will remain 12 months). If Apple remains consistent with their pricing (as they have been for the past ten iMac years), iPhone 3.0 will still cost about $400, which will be what you will have paid for iPhone 2.0. You will most likely have several reasonable options next year, if you were set on getting 3.0 (eBay/Craig’s list, AT&T;’s upgrade with rebate, handing down the old one to your spouse/children, etc). Besides, the device is only $400. It is not like you’re getting a new car, is it?

  4. I’m gonna be banging on the door of the local Apple store next monday morning till they let me in and thrust a brand-spank-me new iPhone in my hot, sweaty hands ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Apple Patents all important smart phone features for current and future smartphone devices. Gates and Ballmer need to get a focused plan for Microsoft and it’s future. If Ballmer wants to make MS an internet ad company then MS needs to spin-off the game and the OS businesses as independent companies, close them down, liquidate them out or sell them outright. As MS focuses on competing with Google the company is moving it’s priorities to meet that end, which means the Vista disappointments and vapor feature sets will continue in MS Software products.

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