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Patent Hints Virtual Desktops & Spaces Coming to iPad & iOS… or a Touch Mac?

Mar 31, 2011 - 5 Comments

The future of iOS is quietly shaping up behind the scenes at Apple, and we’ll probably get a good look at iOS 5 during WWDC 2011, but until then it’s mostly a guessing game. That is, until someone digs up some patents that show potential features in a currently unreleased product. Case in point, PatentlyApple … Read More

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to have Cloud Storage?

Feb 20, 2011 - 6 Comments

More Mac OS X rumors! An Apple patent has surfaced that gives credence to the idea that the next version of Mac OS X 10.7 will feature some kind of cloud storage capability. Last summer OSXDaily speculated the next version of Mac OS X would feature some sort of cloud support, this was based on … Read More

Virtual Keyboard and Magic Mouse with Integrated Display Shown in Apple Patents

Jan 20, 2011 - 5 Comments

Two new patents have surfaced that may provide a look into the future of Mac input devices. The first is for a Magic Mouse that has an integrated touch screen, which could adjust to display things like virtual buttons, keys, menus, text, and video. The patent application shows a diagram of the Magic Mouse displaying … Read More

Solar Powered Mac, iPad, and iPhones coming in the future?

Jan 13, 2011 - 3 Comments

Apple was recently awarded a patent for solar powered portable devices, which could pave the way for Macs, iPhones, and iPads running on a solar supplemented power source. The patent, which is Apple’s first to relate to solar powered portable devices, shows an unspecified “Portable Device” that has a standard battery which is augmented by … Read More

Mac OS X to gain updating menu items?

Dec 22, 2010 - 3 Comments

PatentlyApple is at it again, this time they discovered a patent for automatically updating Mac OS X menu items. The idea is somewhat simple; given items in pull down menus would be actively updating, and text or data would scroll in that menu item. The concept is not limited to pulldown menus, as PatentlyApple describes: … Read More

Touch Spiral Interface to Replace Cover Flow in iTunes, Mac OS X, and iOS?

Dec 20, 2010 - 2 Comments

I’ve always liked the way Cover Flow looked and I found it a pretty nice way to flip through albums in iTunes and files in Mac OS X. Well, Cover Flow’s days may be numbered, as a recently discovered Apple patent reveals a touch responsive spiral user interface to navigate through iTunes albums, and possibly, … Read More

Patent suggests future Apple hardware to get Light Peak

Dec 2, 2010 - 2 Comments

A newly discovered Apple patent suggests that Light Peak or a variation of the technology may be making an appearance in future Apple products. The patent describes a “Power and Data Adapter” that has a standard DC power cable with fiber optics included in the same cord, creating a single connector that would replace existing … Read More

MacBook Tablet patent hints at convertible touch Macs

Dec 1, 2010 - 5 Comments

Earlier in the year a patent for a MacBook Touch of sorts appeared, basically it was a MacBook with a touch screen, but that idea was later shot down by Steve Jobs in the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion preview keynote speech who said that touching a laptop screen was ergonomically awkward. Now another patent … Read More

Future versions of Mac OS X to have Virtual Input Devices?

Oct 6, 2010 - 3 Comments

Remember the patent news of an iMac Touch and Macbook Touch? How about the Apple job posting that referred to a revolutionary feature in Mac OS X 10.7? Is it possible all of these things are tied to each other? The same site that dug up the first two patents has uncovered another interesting Apple … Read More

MacBook Touch? Apple patent shows touch screen MacBook

Aug 21, 2010 - 8 Comments

Apple may be working on a MacBook Touch, and will integrate high resolution touch screens into future Apple hardware, according to a recently discovered Apple patent. The information is pretty straightforward, as Patently Apple puts it “There’s no wishy-washy lingo about it” since the patent specifically names a MacBook, MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air: … Read More

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