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Topic: multi-touch

USPTO denies Apple 'Multi-Touch' trademark, calls it 'merely descriptive'

09/26/2011, 10:09 pm

Apple has been denied an appeal for the "Multi-Touch" trademark because the term has been viewed as too broadly descriptive.


Apple granted patents for visual voicemail, touch screen technologies

08/09/2011, 11:08 pm

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued a batch of 21 patents to Apple for a range of inventions, including technologies related to the iPhone's visual voicemail feature and an integrated touch screen.


Apple investigating flick, pour to send 'physics metaphor' gestures for iOS

07/08/2011, 02:07 am

A recently uncovered Apple patent filing shows the company has looked into using more advanced "physics metaphors" in a mulitouch environment to replace the traditional virtual desktop.


Apple tablet stylus patent filed years before iPad debut may boost education sales

02/04/2011, 10:02 pm

Despite Apple having disparaged the use of a stylus for touchscreens, the iPad maker's investigation of a capacitive touch-compatible stylus could play a part in the company's strategy to increase sales of its tablet device to students and schools.


Apple investigating hover gestures as multi-touch alternative

01/26/2011, 09:01 pm

A newly granted patent from Apple refers to "hover sensitive devices" in addition to touch devices, possibly indicating that the company is looking beyond multi-touch in order to process input made while hovering over a device.


Apple's next Magic Mouse could include a multi-touch display

01/20/2011, 09:01 am

Apple has shown interest in adding a display to its multi-touch Magic Mouse, adding interactivity and functionality to the wireless mouse for its Mac line of computers.


New capacitive touch nodes from Apple could result in thinner iPhones

01/13/2011, 09:01 am

Apple is exploring new, smaller conductive nodes for multi-touch devices that would allow electronics like the iPhone and iPad to become thinner and consume less power.


Apple investigating 'no-look' gestures for iPod nano

01/03/2011, 08:01 pm

A recently published patent has revealed that Apple is looking into multi-touch gestures that can be performed without looking at a device, which would address concerns about the multi-touch redesign of the sixth-generation iPod nano.


Apple investigating new touch-based spiral Cover Flow for music selection

12/16/2010, 08:12 am

Apple is exploring a new user interface for browsing music albums on a touch-based device, with a spiral-style take on Cover Flow done in 3D.


Apple awarded several key multi-touch patents

10/14/2010, 01:10 am

A batch of approved patent applications from Apple issued by the U.S. Patent Office this week include descriptions of significant multi-touch innovations, such as pinch-to-zoom and knob controls.


Apple filing shows touch-screen iMac with adjustable stand

08/23/2010, 08:08 pm

A patent filing by Apple depicts an iMac that transitions between mouse/keyboard-based input and touch-based input through an adjustable stand.


Apple accused of violating multi-touch patent in ITC complaint

03/30/2010, 03:03 pm

A Taiwanese maker of chips and touchscreens has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of Apple products for alleged violation of a multi-touch patent.


Apple posts QuickTime video of CEO Steve Jobs' 'iPad' keynote

01/27/2010, 08:01 pm

Apple Wednesday evening made available through its Web site a QuickTime video stream of its media event during which its new tablet device, dubbed the "iPad" was introduced to the public by CEO Steve Jobs.


Possible Apple tablet multi-touch tactile keyboard detailed

12/24/2009, 08:12 am

Apple's forthcoming tablet could employ a dynamic surface that gives users tactile feedback when typing in order to identify individual keys, according to a new patent application revealed this week.


Time Inc. demos tablet-friendly magazine concept

12/02/2009, 08:12 pm

Time Inc. released a video walkthrough as well as a working model of its digital magazine format designed for touchscreen tablets.


Barnes & Noble e-reader rumored to be merging of Kindle, iPhone

10/14/2009, 10:10 am

Book seller Barnes & Noble is expected to announce its own e-reader next week, and a new report states the device will sport both black-and-white e-ink and a multi-touch, iPhone-like color display.


Evidence of Apple's tablet-like input interface reappears

10/01/2009, 04:10 pm

In a new patent application revealed this week, Apple has again disclosed plans for a multi-touch surface that could accommodate two full hands and distinguish between palms and individual fingers for typing, gestures and more.


Multi-touch omitted from Android at Apple's request - report

02/10/2009, 10:02 am

The absence of multi-touch functionality on T-Mobile's Android-powered G1 smartphone may have been a casualty of Google's cordial relationship with Apple -- one that the search giant would rather not disrupt.


More corroboration of tablet device brewing at Apple

12/30/2008, 09:12 pm

Apple is indeed working on tablet-like device that may finally surface sometime next year according to a trio of sources who've been in touch with high-tech blog TechCrunch.


Apple exploring portable multi-touch skins for 3D surfaces

12/18/2008, 08:12 am

A company filing published for the first time this week shows Apple to be exploring portable multi-touch skins that can be wrapped around three-dimensional objects such as an iPod or steering wheel to provide addition GUI interfaces for those objects that can be configured via the touch skins themselves.