“A recent patent application by Apple brought to light by UnwiredView shows the company doing further research into the concept of pop-up menus in a radial arrangement, a concept that could expand user options while still manageable by simple gestures,” MacNN reports.
“The new ‘radial’ menus follow on from an earlier patent exploring the use of ‘spiraling’ menus to expand options or level of detail,” MacNN reports. “The use of a circular motion is ideal for touchscreen devices and allows ‘contextual menus’ to offer more choices without using any additional screen real estate.”
MacNN reports, “The application, simply entitled ‘Radial Menus,’ also describes how radial menus can be more efficiently selected with a pointing device like a mouse over the current “move to menubar to select standard features” model found in all three major operating systems today.”
More, including patent app illustrations, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]