May 15, 2007

According to the CNET.com news article (link below), a recently published Apple patent application may have shed some light as to the next generation iPhone. The original iPhone, set to hit the market next month using AT&T/Cingular service, is a handheld device with a relatively large screen and no keyboard. Apple’s U.S. Patent Application Publication No. US2007/0103454, entitled “Back-Side Interface for Hand-Held Devices,” was published last Thursday and includes 32 claims on a hand-held electronic device and methods for operating the same. The application discloses a hand-held device with two surfaces, having “a force-sensitive touch-surface is provided on a first or back-side surface of the device through which a user provides input (e.g., cursor manipulation and control element selection/activation)” and on “a second or front-side surface, a display element is used to present one or more control elements and a cursor that is controlled through manipulation of the back-side touch-surface.” The drawings show several embodiments of the device, including those having a click-wheel (as on the iPod), a number pad, and a keyboard (with the keys in alphabetical order). The figures can be seen in the application itself, with some being reproduced in the Unwired View article (link below).

CNET.com News Article: LINK
U.S. Patent Application Publication No. US2007/0103454: LINK
Unwired View Article: LINK
CNET Apple iPhone Review: LINK

1 comments:

Coo_space said...

I own patent near this Apple patent. JP2007-164767
URL http://www.coo-space.com
Is the operativeness of a too small keyboard of present iPhone improved by this Apple patent?
It thinks. ..Omo however..
When the key is input as the compensation, the screen such as web should be not able to be displayed though it is thought achievement by displaying the entire keyboard in the back.
How though thought that the patent of me who has the keyboard united to the screen display solves this?

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