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01-15-2013, 12:08 PM #1
Apple Secures Patent for Design Envisioned by Jobs and Ive
If you thought that Apple's appetite for passion wasn't going to stop with the 1,136 patents that Apple took possession of in 2012, you're right. Apple has just secured a patent for a glass-on-metal trackpad design partially envisioned by the late Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, the man who serves as Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design and is often described as the "spiritual successor" for Steve Jobs.
Granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patent No. D674382 is known only as "Portable Computer." But apart from this altogether vague title, the patent application does point to some specific information regarding what Apple has actually obtained here.
What Apple has secured, in essence, is a patent for a glass trackpad to be placed on top of an aluminum unibody enclosure (think MacBooks). Despite this relatively simple design, documents show that Apple has been angling to secure this particular patent for more than four years now.
It should also be noted that Jobs and Ive are not listed as the lone inventors of the aforementioned design. Thirteen other names are tacked on to the patent application. They include: Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De luliis, Evans Hankey, Richard P. Howart, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas B. Satzger, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, and Rico Zorkendorfer.
The patent filing can be reviewed in full here.
Source: USPTO (via Apple Insider)
01-15-2013, 12:42 PM #2
How the heck could they have patented this? I could have thought of this. It's just like having a glass touch screen but instead it's a trackpad. The aluminum makes no difference. Should I go patent putting computers on aluminum tables?
01-15-2013, 12:59 PM #3
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01-15-2013, 01:34 PM #5
Not sure why people get upset about patents. That's the way big business works. Apples track pad works 10000000x better than any trackpad on windows.
If you invent something and is something I see no reason not to patent it. As stupid as I seems but these little things are what make a product vision come together.
As a consumer it seems silly and petty, as a business person anytime you can prevent someone else from using your ideas is better.
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01-15-2013, 01:39 PM #6
01-15-2013, 04:33 PM #7
I get the impression the glass track pad is more than it appears. Initial guess is it will double as a screen and may offer quick links just as our pull down menu on the iPhone does now a bit like a constant home screen on any site that can be modified by the app in use.
Later development will probably replace the keyboard as well and act and a "control" panel. When mixing music your the glass track pad becomes a sound board. While in word it will be a keyboard with access to all formatting at your finger tips. While playing your favorite game it will be a 1-off control center. While playing a flight simulator your glass screen becomes cockpit controls. Just a thought.
The great thing about the iPhone is it very much becomes what ever you want it to be at the time and still multitasks all the other stuff. This would begin to move computers into the same direction. Rather then use a program that works with the OS rather than become it. The keyboard, track pad and entire device become focused on the task at hand while still maintaining all other things.
01-15-2013, 05:09 PM #8
01-15-2013, 05:34 PM #9
I'm ticked that mmi is just as ignorant and tries portraying apple as some patent troll because it appeals to other users.
Do none of you know what a business is? Hell if you guys saw all the patents the government owned you would flip but all you see are apples and you think it's a big deal but once you realize EVERY business patents all their ideas/visions you won't flip..
01-15-2013, 06:18 PM #10
Isn't this what the Magic Trackpad is, already; aluminum body w/ a glass surface???
01-15-2013, 06:31 PM #11
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01-15-2013, 08:11 PM #13
01-15-2013, 08:29 PM #14
But yes for the most part track pads that come on pcs suck in comparison to apple track pads.
This is my personal opinion and your entitled to your own as well
01-15-2013, 08:40 PM #15
01-15-2013, 09:02 PM #16
Yes I is software but its also the ability for hardware to talk to the software through drivers. Osx driver architecture and also fact that osx is built to work with one set of hardware is what makes the apple trackpad better.
You can argue that you can't say the apple track pad is better if it requires osx , but hardware is only as good as the software it's used on and visa versa.
Apple track pad is the first trackpad I enjoy over a mouse. I've only been a Mac user for a year now and a trackpad user for less. My girlfriend has a pretty powerful 2300 dollar laptop and the trackpad is a joke in comparison.
Not saying that some pcs have good trackpads but apple track pads are just dead on.
01-16-2013, 12:59 PM #17