Near Field Communication, Multipoint Screen, Video Conferencing, Multitouch Bezel -- Apple Patent Watch


Apple patent applications and awards are so voluminous they could fill an entire blog all by themselves -- enter Patently Apple, just such a blog, which brings word of several new and interesting iPhone and iPad patents including near field communication, multipoint screen, video conferencing, and multitouch bezels.

Near field communication would allow incredibly simple, incredibly fast data transfer from an iPhone to a MacBook. It also looks like it would allow an iPhone to control a Mac or unlock a door.

Multipoint screen is all about allowing an iPad to detect multiple touches at the same time via a "transparent capacitive sensing medium".

Video conferencing has been teased for a long -- long -- time, but now it's also being looked at in the context of a location aware social network.

The touch sensitive bezel, when added to the previous touch sensitive back casing patent and the current touch sensitive screen would make a fully capacitive iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad! It could also add Palm Pre and Pixi-style gesture areas.

As always, Apple files for and obtains a large amount of patents, and we never know when, if ever, we'll see them in actual products. That being said, any of these make your want list?

[Thanks to Duvi for the tip!]

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Rene Ritchie

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Near Field Communication, Multipoint Screen, Video Conferencing, Multitouch Bezel -- Apple Patent Watch


I doubt the front-facing confrenceing this year. The networks, even Verizon wireless, won't be able to handle video confrencing. Unless you use WiFi as your other choice. Maybe just a camera to take pictures of yourself,(without confrencing.) but seriously?.. What are the odds of using it all the time. So I say NO GO for iChat/iTakepics of myself app & camera.
Along with the iWant Verizon rumor.

@liberty. I think we are heading in a more socialist direction than we are facist lol. But the near field sounds really cool to me. The camera for taking pics of your self sounds nice too. But as for fully multitouch I don't want that because then you couldn't use a case and it would probably also make the phone more fragile.

Video Conference software is the latest in global communication. The costs to any company can be cut dramatically in using this kind of tool. I use conferencing software and it has changed the way I do business online. I highly recommend this as a major step forward with any business, large or small.