“The US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced service in development that entails subsidizing an incredible array of hardware from Apple,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“The hardware ranges from their sizzling hot iPhone to Apple TV – the set top box – to an actual television, notebook, iPod touch and more. The subsidization could also cover software from Apple or third party developers,” Purcher reports.
“What’s the catch? You’ll have to endure a very complicated and savvy advertising scheme that makes sure that you’re paying attention. If not, the system can freeze the user out until compliance is met,” Purcher reports. “This isn’t for everyone, especially if ads in your face are something you want to avoid at all costs. But for the mass market, this is a whole new ballgame!”
Purcher reports, “Steve Jobs is noted in Apple’s credits for this patent and we could be assured that his name all but tells us that this program isn’t a fantasy of an Apple engineer. The implications of such a marketing move could rock the industry.”
Find tons more info and patent illustrations in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]