3 Years too late, Apple has finally accepted two patents that were part of the original iPhone: “slide to unlock” screen and the way that characters on the keyboard jump up when you hit them.
As MobileCrunch indicated: "As usual, the patent process took a few years, and during those years, variations of these now-patented processes have appeared which will now almost certainly see some legal challenges. Does “slide to unlock” cover the Galaxy series’ lock screen, which is like sliding away a pane of glass? What about the Zune HD lock screen, which is like raising a garage door? What of WinMo 6.5, which (IIRC) let you slide different sliders to go straight to different apps?"
And I'm asking – what about the following ideas that were stolen by all other mobile vendors:
- Finger gestures to scroll down/up lists
- Automatic rotation from portrait to landscape
- Pinch to zoom
- Magnifying glass to place the maker in the right place
- Shortcuts pages as main shell
- A proximity sensor to deactivates the display when talking…
- Use of capacitive screens in mobility (no stylus!? no way!)
- AppStore as part of the OS
- iTunes… OK you are right, I should have dropped this horrible piece of sh<beep>t.
- Invisible scroll bar that appears only when you are scrolling and doesn't take half of your tuny screen…
- No hardware buttons (I actually think it's a bad thing…)
- No "selection" concept in UI (think about it, you do not have a D-PAd in the iPhone, therefore opening a drop down list does not require scrolling up/down with the arrows!
Yes, I know, I promised 10 things in my title and ended up with 13. I always do that, I promise something and do much more… I'm such a great guy (you should follow me on twitter!)
BTW, LG has always claimed that the iPhone design was a copy of the LG Prada…
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