“On May 23, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple’s next generation of ‘AirPlay’ that will be able to operation in a two-way manner that is also interactive,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Apple also hints that the separate devices of an Apple TV and a Television could be combined into a single device, an Internet-enabled television.”
“One current limitation with this feature is that the communication between the computing device and the intermediate device/television is generally one way (i.e., from the computing device to the intermediate device/television),” Purcher reports. “Accordingly, there is no way for a user viewing the television to provide, though an input interface of the television or the intermediate device, commands back to the computing device for interacting with the application executing on the computing device.”
Purcher reports, “Apple’s invention relates to providing techniques for concurrently presenting multiple, distinct user interfaces for a single software application on multiple display devices. Each of the user interfaces can be interactive, such that user input received with respect to any of the user interfaces can change the state of the application and/or modify data associated with the application. Further, this state or data change can be reflected in all (or a subset) of the user interfaces.”
Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]