Revealed: Apple arranged secret 2006 pinch to zoom patent


One of the best kept secret patents in the world revealed after 4 years, Apple has secretly applied for a form of multi-touch pinch to zoom patent, and before knockoff makers saw the revolutionary iPhone, that patent for portable electronic device with multi-touch-sensitive display has just been awarded to Apple.

Recently the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple, including a number of multi-touch patents.

It was also known that the new granted patents also cover the some of the technology that makes the mobile Safari web browser work intuitively on the iPhone. Apple has won method to displaying a Web page on a portable electronic device, such as “automatically scaling the Web page to display the entire Web page in a display window.”

Apple is also granted a patent on intuitive hand configurations and motions that integrates different type of inputs on a multi-touch surface. Patentlyapple describes that it “enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.

[Via patentlyapple]

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