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Apple Gets Vital iOS GUI Patents

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Last Tuesday, Apple was awarded a bevy of patents pertinent to its iOS devices. The newly awarded patents cover everything, from intuitive scrolling to email clients. Furthermore, majority of the patents are continuation of its predecessors, offering tweaks and language changes.

Patents for Technical Graphical User Interface

Among the patents that were granted to Apple were four user interface inventions. These include the continuation of “rubber-banding” utility, graphical representation of available storage, missed phone calls property, and an interface to intuitively edit text content.

U.S. Patent No. 8,255,798

Titled “Device, method, and graphical user interface for electronic document translation on a touch-screen display,” the patent is a continuation of the company’s “rubber-banding” patent. It describes a solution for manipulating electronic documents like Web pages or emails.

U.S. Patent No. 8,255,428

The “Graphical representation of assets stored on a portable media device” is designed to present a user interface that enables a user to view the amount of storage by quickly showing a chart or other graphics.

According to the patent summary, the metadata is taken from different media types, such as audio and video, and it is then displayed graphically. It is meant to be used in portable media players like the iPod Touch, although it can be extended for use in iPhone and iPad.

U.S. Patent No. 8,255,003

Meanwhile, the “Missed phone call management for a portable multifunction device” describes the missed phone call system viewed in iOS. As stated on the patent summary:

Missed telephone call information is displayed, including a list of items, wherein at least one of the items corresponds to a plurality of missed telephone calls from a respective caller.

In addition, this system describes the missed call list that has been present on the iPhone since its initial launch in 2007.

U.S. Patent No. 8,255,830

Also known as “Methods and graphical user interfaces for editing on a multifunction device,” this patent is the continuation of a previous invention that has something to do with editing input text on a touch screen.

Graphical User Interface for Email System

Considered as the most interesting Apple patent that was published last Tuesday is the No. 8,253, 695. Titled “Email client for a portable multifunction device,” the patent describes a graphical user interface for an email system that will be used on mobile devices like iPhone.

It is designed to simplify the clumsy button-controlled operation offered by conventional email clients. This is possible with the addition of touchscreen into the way users can handle electronic messages.

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