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Apple Patents Show iPhone Stylus and Contextual Interfaces

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It's iPhone 4 day! We've already seen rumors of a touch-sensitive case and an iMac-inspired concept. Now comes two actual patents filed by Apple that hint at stylus functionality and a customizable GUI.

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According to Apple Insider, the first patent was filed in July 2008, and proposes a stylus outfitted with a conductive tip that would be compatible with the iPhone's screen. It also includes the option of a powered stylus that could include sensors capable of measuring force and angle.

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It's possible—probable, even—that this is just a defensive patent by Apple to prevent third parties from creating a comparable device for iPhone use. But with the imminent arrival of iPhone 4, it's at least something to consider.

The second patent, from July 2008, seems more likely to be actually implemented. It allows for different user interfaces based on one's location—possibly similar to HTC's Sense UI—as well as offering optimized controls for when the phone is docked versus portable.

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Makes sense to me, and seems in line with Apple's ease-of-use dictum. We'll know soon enough either way. I've already got lots of ideas about my own Pre-Party mode, most of which are unprintable. [AppleInsider]

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geekymitch
geekymitch

I'm eager to see what they uncork this time around. The 3G excited me enough that I did wait on line on day 1 to upgrade from my original iphone.

The GS...well...not so much, I opted to skip that generation and wait for the next.

As much as I hate being "that geek" who just HAS to have a new toy on day 1, there was something kindof fun about hanging out on-line, chilling with the other geeks a few hours before opening. It was amusing to look around and watch all of these people looking at the various geek sites and reading about ongoing activation problems, even as we waited on line to get to our OWN activation problems.

Ah the memories...I admit, if the new iphone has something snazzy in it (or an uberbattery, take your pick), I would wait on line again :)