Apple granted patents for virtual input tools for OS X and ‘visual expander’ for iOS devices

“Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a virtual input device. In one aspect, virtual coordinates of the virtual input device correlate to real coordinates on the physical input device. Dimensions of the physical input device are proportional to dimensions of the virtual input device, and interactive objects are presented in the virtual input device,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “In July 2010 Apple listed a job posting that stated that they were working on a new revolutionary Mac OS X feature. Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for new OS X feature that could very well be a part of Apple’s noted revolutionary OS X feature. It’s a cool virtual input device application that works in both 2D and 3D.”

“Another of Apple’s granted patents published today covers their invention relating to methods and systems associated with touch screen displays. More particularly, the present invention relates to expanding graphical and sensitive portions of a touchscreen display,” Purcher reports. “For example, in web browsing, users have no control over the size of the link or button presented by a website.” This is what the visual expander is to remedy.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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