“On January 14, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters coming to Apple’s Media Players,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“In Q4 2010, Apple introduced their fifth generation iPod nano that introduced a video camera and a new way to not only listen to the radio, but pause and tag it. While today’s patent covers this new iPod nano feature – it also goes to where Apple’s media players could venture next: HDTV. In the very same manner that radio is handled today, the patent carries this concept through to television – Not only for watching it, but for recording it as well, even on the go,” Purcher reports.
“To me that sounds a lot like a portable DVR – and that would be very cool. The patent makes it crystal clear that it will handle programming that is found on over-the-air radio or television (TV), satellite radio or TV, cable TV or music services, Internet streaming broadcasts and so forth. With the iPod Classic, you’ll use the scroll wheel to turn the channel and the larger media players will have a virtual dial with a more elaborate interface,” Purcher reports. “All in all, Apple is aiming to add cable or satellite TV to their media players and to confirm that, the USPTO just published a push button antenna patent from Apple just after Christmas.”
Much more, including patent application illustrations, here.