Apple patent application details cold weather gloves for iPhone, iPod touch

“Addressing the complaints of nearly every iPhone owner in a northern climate, Apple has filed for a patent that would cover a means of using a multi-touch device with gloves,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

“The US Patent Office application notes that capacitive touchscreens like those on the iPhone and iPod touch are problematic in colder weather. As they depend on the electrical response from a user’s fingertips, which is often blocked off when wearing insulated gloves, the screens either force users to take off their gloves or else sit tight until they return indoors,” Malley reports.

“Apple’s solution would give gloves a second, inner layer beyond the surface that would simulate the electrical feedback of human fingers when exposed to the outside,” Malley reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: First iPod socks, now gloves. What’s next?

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


  1. In the works: A camera lens that points at the user; pre-installed software that interprets facial expressions. Each user will be able to control the device with a wink and a nod — a facial interface.

  2. funny, i was just thinking about this issue the other day. I live in Chicago, and it is obviously freezing here for 5 months of the year. And every time I want to use my iPhone while walking around, i have to take my gloves off.

  3. The socks were a bit of a hip joke. The gloves are needed, as anyone with an address like mine can tell you. I still find it “quaint” that the recommended operating temperature for the iPhone (and every iPod dating back to 2001) does not drop below 32F/0C…

  4. Hmmm… a good idea, but voice UI would be far better if it could be tailored to your vocal characteristics… more sophistication than current software has is called for.

    Oh, and by the way, “Ottawa Mark”, the iPod line was first introduced in 2001, so you’re thinking of all iPods.

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