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Apple Proposes Location Based Home-Screens
This Thursday, the U.S. Patent Office revealed a patent filed by Apple dated Februrary 21, 2008, that would bring a whole new experience to the user, a location based home-screen. According to AppleInsider, the patent notes, "...that conventional user interfaces on mobile devices are clunky and cluttered. The new invention would aim to cut down on the number of icons by giving users what they need at a particular moment in time."
So let's say you live in a rural area with little to no traffic, but you commute to a much large metro area. This feature, using a pre-determined application set, defined by you, would load up your traffic monitoring application once you enter that area. A really great idea for those who travel or commute frequently as there are quite a few apps out there that are regional or geographically specific and not needed all the time. How about having it change to reflect local time, weather, and contacts.
The patent describes another transitional function as, "an icon showing the Golden Gate Bridge when the phone is in San Francisco, but that icon could change to an image of the New York City skyline when the phone is in the Big Apple", further enhancing the user's visual experience. All of this would be achieved by retrieving location data from GPS, Wi-Fi, or cellular tower triangulation and changing the data on the device accordingly.
I could see big potential for this type of feature. It would allow the device to constantly change itself based off of location and provide the user a richer interaction. How about the app store offering region specific applications? Or bookmarking your favorite restaurants for a particular city? There are a lot of possibilities that bring a new level of smart, to our smartphones.
Check out the full article from AppleInsider here
Interesting concept, could be very useful.
Sounds cool. Can't wait til Android devs cook up something like this. There is Sherpa that's region based for stores, biz's, restaurants, etc., but this is a whole new level.
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This is one I expect to see sooner rather than much later in time. 2010 may be the year. What I also find interesting is the picture used. See a front facing camera anywhere? Hmmmmm. iChat maybe?
Wow Steve. I hadn't even noticed that. Good catch.
I can see the benefit of this, especially for business types.
very cool find! and good idea!
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I like a screen that isn't cluttered. Could be a very good change.
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Rather than create a new thread can I add more to this one?
Apple files for numerous patent applications every year. Though not every patent results in a product or feature, the applications often reveal interesting possibilities and can give us an idea of where Apple might be headed in the future. Several patent applications were recently published by the USPTO which reveal some possible improvements for future iPhones.
One patent, which is related to another patent Apple recently filed, involves enabling a user to transfer files or other data to other users while connected on a call. For instance, say you're talking to a friend about a document, and you want to simply send them a copy in PDF format. Assuming the PDF is stored on your iPhone, you could initiate a file transfer while the call is in progress. Such an ability would eliminate the need to hang up, find the person's contact info, and send the file via e-mail or some other means.
The patent describes a process that would allow the transfer of all sorts of data, including contacts, videos, and even texts, all while connected by a voice call. The data could be transferred by whatever means is available and/or most appropriate for the data involved, whether it be over WiFi, 3G, or even Bluetooth (but if you're that close, one might ask why you're calling each other anyway). It also lays out a method that would allow the receiving end to deal with the data in a useful way—e.g. if you receive a VCF contact, your phone would offer to add it to your contact list.
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Gotta give it to Apple..they come up with some of the most creative ideas EVER! It's amazing sometimes....really!