Updated: Apple Patents "Today Screen" for iPhone

UPDATE: There was a minor uproar in the iPhone developer community (yup, again!) when some felt that this patent "ripped off" Intelliscreen. Ars Technica points out, however, that this patent was originally filed before the iPhone was even jailbroken, and hence before Intelliscreen came out.


We have YAAPA! (Yet Another Apple Patent Application!) This one, brought to us by Apple Insider, outlines Global Preferences Dialogs and Improved Notification of Missed Communications, or what is essentially a Today Screen for the iPhone:

"In response to detecting an interaction by a user with the device, the plurality of icons display notification information for the plurality of communication modalities," the filing explains. "In response to detecting an unlock interaction by the user with the device, the device is unlocked, and a communication in the plurality of communications is presented that was received while the device was in the locked state, or information about the communication is presented."

Of course, Windows Mobile has had this for years, and it's pretty much the only thing I really still miss about that platform (don't tell Dieter!). Likewise, iPhone Jailbreakers, have been enjoying this for a while now via Intelliscreen.

For the rest of us, all this same information, has been kept each piece in its own separate little world divided by countless taps and swipes. So the idea of an information rich, at-a-glance summation of my most recent communications and upcoming activities? Now please.

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Updated: Apple Patents "Today Screen" for iPhone


So let me get this straight. If winmo have had this for a long time, and that apple has put out a patent, microsoft will owe apple royalties?

My guess is that we are missing something here. I doubt that Apple would be going after Microsoft for patent royalties should this happen. It is a great concept though, and I am excited for it!

No, Microsoft would have what's referred to as "prior art", as would many others who similarly aggregate multiple data streams for display in such an interface.
What Apple is trademarking isn't a display, but a methodology for handling this type of data aggregation and the user interactions that come with, and modify it.
If we look at the article:
"The user interface has a plurality of application icons. In response to a first gesture, the GUI changes the appearances of the application icons whose corresponding applications have user-adjustable settings," the filing explains. "In response to a second gesture on a selected application icon whose appearance is changed, the GUI displays user-adjustable settings of an application that corresponds to the selected application icon. In response to one or more additional gestures, the GUI changes one or more user-adjustable settings of the application that corresponds to the selected application icon."

How do 'calls', 'sms', and 'voicemail' equate to a today screen with calendar items as depicted in the image above?

Great idea. And I'm glad to see that Apple is implementing it rather than a third party. I for one agree with Apple retaining control especially in an application like this. While it would be more functional if third party apps could multitask, I'm sure we would have many more lock ups and crashes as a result. I prefer that the platform remain stable. I recently wrote a post about what Apple got write with 1.0 and 2.0 at http://johnkendrick.wordpress.com/2008/08/06/was-steve-jobs-right-with-i... John

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I do make web development for iPhone version.
But i don't know about screen development. how to control if screen in condition horizontal and if screen in condition vertikal.
if you know....please tell me ....about that all....