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Patent Watch: More MacBook Touch / iTablet Teasing!

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...

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • 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!
  • let's hope the battery isn't as dreadful as a 16gb iPhone!
  • 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.......