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11-13-2012, 10:31 PM #1
Apple Awarded Patents Regarding iBooks and Smart Cases
The Cupertino California company was recently awarded a patent on the page curling animation that is used in iBooks. For those of you who aren’t exactly familiar with what we’re referring to, it’s the neat way the page curls and follows your finger as you slowly leaf through your books. It shows the text on the opposite side of the page and even curls from the corners if you move your finger vertically.
The feature is one of those effects that elicit the “wow-factor” that pretty much everyone experiences the first time they see it. The feature is now owned by Apple so we won’t be seeing it anywhere else unless its licensed out.
In related news, Apple has also been awarded the patent for the Smart Case. It’s the variation on the Smart Cover which was introduced last year alongside the third-generation iPad with Retina display and combined with the multi-panel Smart Cover design with a full polyurethane enclosure for the tablet. Yet another “innovation” that other companies won’t be able to use since the intellectual property is now owned by Apple.
Apparently when it comes to patents, no company can have enough and Apple seems to be following this trend religiously.
11-13-2012, 11:12 PM #2
A patent on making a book look and react like a book? Revolutionary!
11-13-2012, 11:22 PM #3
Umm...did someone accidentally fall asleep and forget what they were granting the patent for? A patent on making a book look like what a book looks like? Seriously?!?
11-14-2012, 12:23 AM #4
I guess digital books are not meant to look like real books. It's ridiculous, one day apple is going to patent a human hand to go with their silly commercials
11-14-2012, 02:23 PM #5
The iBooks patent is not about the idea, but about the technologies made it possible. In another words, another company can sure make the same user interface result, without licensing Apple's current patent, as long as it uses a totally different set of technologies.
11-14-2012, 04:13 PM #6
As far as I can understand it's not. It's a patent for the animation itself.
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