The Apple tablet revealed?
Straight from an Apple patent filing made public today, I found images of what appears to be a tablet-like gadget, described as a "portable multifunction device," that has a flat screen with touchscreen keyboard.
The patent application is for "selecting of text using gestures," and uses the device in the diagram to show how Apple would incorporate text-editing on a portable multifunction device.
You can see from the diagram that it's a device unlike the current crop of iPhones, Touches and iPods, and its scale in relation to a human hand is far larger than those small devices.
Is the much-rumored Apple tablet really in the works over in Cupertino? Many think so.
The filing states that some of the functions of the device could include "telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing."
Apple has been applying for a slew of touch-interface related patents for awhile now and it's clear the company is focused on touch-based operating systems for its portable products.
But what a long-rumored tablet may look like (a flat tablet? whoopee) is not as intriguing, I think, as how fluid and powerful is the operating system and touch interface that powers it. Enter this latest patent filing by Apple.
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