Apple Looking at "Grab and Go" Simplified Sync for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV -- Patent Watch


AppleInsider has the goods on yet another Apple patent, this one for a "grab and go" simplified sync solution that would let iPhone users more easily and organically share bookmarks, iTunes content, Time Machine backups, business and personal documents, video game status, etc. between Macs, Apple TVs, the cloud, and other gear real and imagined:

The filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office suggests a scenario where a user is sitting at their desk working on a document, when they are called into an unexpected meeting. While the user may have a number of personal applications running, they would only want to bring their work-related content with them. The preferences would allow the user to "grab" only files and data related to work from the computer.

As always, just because Apple applies for a patent doesn't mean there are immediate (or even eventual) plans to release products that offer those features. Still, we want. How about you?

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Gregg says:

That would be cool to be working on something on your desktop and be able to virtually drag it over to your iPhone almost like dual screening.

Impaler says:

Compelling! I'd find that interesting. I would like more freedom to also store files in a "documents" space on the iPhone.

icebike says:

Please let it use WIFI for bluetooth!!
Otherwise, just forget it and move on.

icebike says:

Wifi OR bluetooth, or both, I meant.

fastlane says:

Looks like an old patent. Old SMS icon? No App Store icon?

Gregg says:

Maybe they didn't update it and it's just a basic layout used on older patents. Unless you've seen a newer one.

fastlane says:

Well, it's not really that old even it was drawn before the App Store. I should've said older ;)

tyler34 says:

Always nice to have the ability to copy files to my iPhone. This would make it wicked to sync!
On that note, scope out LookSee (, does what I need for now with making my documents mobile.

Hakala says:

Notice the bluetooth icon is ON in the upper right corner of both pictures. Hmm... Could this finally mean Bluetooth file tranfers as well for my iPhone?

Brainiac 5 says:

Very nice! Although it would be ridiculous in the extreme to grant a patent on it.

Angelo says:

I'm with icebike. Why can't I sync my damned phone over WiFi?

SpiceRak2 says:

QuickOffice already does this and over Wi-Fi. I'm still waiting for the ability to move email attachments without a 3rd party work-around. And wouldn't it be nice to have data transfer between mobile devices? That omission is "bad for business."