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.

  4. HolyMackerel, I do not know why everyone will not consider that Apple will make a Windows version of iChat the same way they did Safari, iTunes, QuickTime, …

    Apple will take the Video Conferencing market the same way they took others.

  5. Because there already is an existing application in Windows world that can do A/V conferencing with iChat, and it is, as I said, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger).

    Again, as bloated as the app is (for a messenger client), it does audio and video just like iChat (minus special effects, multi-conferencing and desktop sharing, of course).

    In the Windows world, nothing offers multi-party a/v for free. There are paid solutions that do it (ooVoo, iVisit, as well as WebEx, NetMeeting, etc), and none of them will work with iChat. So, if you are a lone Mac user in the sea of WinDrones, you can use iChat (or Skype) for one-on-one and some basic screen sharing, or you’ll have to pay for iVisit, if you wish to host multi-party A/V sessions. ooVoo also has a Mac client option, and one-on-one is free (like Skype or iChat).

  6. Holy Mackerel: …’I cannot do this with AOL IM.”

    Why? It works perfectly fine on Windows (unless you can’t expect other people to download and install AIM, which I can kind of understand).

    And Jersey_Trader:

    No, Apple will likely never develop Windows version of iChat, since that would be encroaching on AOL’s territory. Besides, I doubt Apple is very much interested in this. In fact, it is quite possible that they want to raise iChat’s exposure through their own hardware (Macs, likely the tablet, and possibly the newest iPhone). If all these devices end up effortlessly doing iChat amongst themselves, people may end up finally discovering AIM, and eventually, ditching Windows altogether for a much better iChat experience on a Mac. Who knows, of all things out there, the obscure little iChat just might be THE thing to motivate many to switch to Mac.

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