Apple wins major tablet, iChat-related, and other patents

January Blowout Specials ends 1/31“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Without a doubt the granted patent that screams out this morning is one that relates to Apple’s forthcoming Tablet,” Purcher reports. “The focus of the patent is on the tablet’s proximity detection capabilities. The timing is unbelievable yet crucial in protecting Apple’s new technology for larger tablets.”

Purcher reports, “Other granted patent notables include a color management system and a crucial patent relating to Apple’s iChat.”

Full article here.


  1. @HolyMackerel

    How is that a crippling effect? Does the fact that Macs run OS X cripple them so they can’t communicate with Windoze Pee Cee’s? Does the Apple iPhone only call other iPhones? Everything Apple does regarding communications, has been strictly based on STANDARDS as opposed to Mafiasoft’s way of doing things.

    Move on troll!

  2. I think what Holy Mackerel is saying it that iChat only works on Macs, which isn’t the whole truth.

    Since early 2004, iChat AV was fully interoperable with AOL’s AIM (AOL Instant Messenger). Ever since then, I have been using iChat AV (subsequently, AV was dropped) to communicate with Windows people.

    It still amazes me that even today, six years later, there are Mac users who don’t know that they don’t have to use Skype in order to do audio/video conferencing with Windows people.

    In all fairness, though, that AIM for windows is one of the worst software abominations ever inflicted on humanity. While it does work (inasmuch as letting a user do an a/v conference with a Mac user on iChat), it is by far the clunkiest, most unwieldy piece of bloatware out there.

  3. @ Predrag
    Thank you, that is what I meant. As a MBP user in a sea of PC users I have regular meetings with about 40 people from around the UK. Some are in person, most are not. I would love an Apple iChat app to video conference with them, transfer files and screen share.

    I cannot do this with AOL IM. Skype is an alternative, but think Apple is missing an opportunity. iChat to me it like iWork – it is superior, I use it all the time, but without a Win version it will have a limited audience.

    Once Apple is selling 50+% of consumer computers/devices then they should consider Mac-only communication tools.

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