Patent Watch: More MacBook Touch / iTablet Teasing!

Mac Touch Concept Rendering

Oh, Apple, you tease! It's not enough we've all heard the iPhone began life as the Safari Pad tablet? That Intel has leaked Atom-powered portable hints? That the rumors start up again every time the blogsphere even thinks you have a "Special Event" coming our way? Do you really have to go and show us your patents?

Apple Insider says:

Much of the 52-page filing describes methods for accurately detecting and deciphering a plurality of simultaneous contacts on a touch screen, which sets the foundation for future tablet-based products that users can manipulate using not only more than one finger, but more than one hand.

Design guru Jonathan Ive, among others, is credited with the innovation, which includes examples of window control, virtual keyboards, and virtual scroll-wheels.

No word, of course, on when or if we'll ever actually get to hold such awesome mobile power with our own multi-touching hands...

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Patent Watch: More MacBook Touch / iTablet Teasing!


Apple needs to stop teasing us so much... (Who am I kidding? I LOVE being teased...) I'm getting really excited about these touch-screen MacBook rumors. I'm almost glad I haven't went out and bought myself a MacBook Air yet.

I want this tablet to do it all plus... Connect to any computer I choose and represent a remote connection through wifi OMG this would be awesome. I sure the unDevs would release that app first!

guess what... itablet is already used in japan. the reseller of iphone in japan is using the itablet. how come not for sale to public.......