Every time Steve Jobs and Apple release a new wonder device, many times, people do not realize that the technology behind the iPhone, iPod, and iPad was years in the making. For the iPad, Jobs worked on it for over five years before its debut in 2010. The bottom line is that, despite the large, talented research and development teams that Apple employs, it takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error to bring the “magic” to Apple gadgets.
While Apple is famous for keeping a tight lid on their R&D operations, there is one aspect of their development that cannot be under wraps: patents. In order for a new and novel idea to be legally protected, Apple and other tech designers have to constantly establish patents for their inventions — even if the inventions themsevles are years away from being able to be developed and produced.
In this way, searching around Google’s patent search can net a lot of really exciting possibilities for the next generation iPhone!
A Shape-Changing Interface for the iPhone of the Future?
The wave of the future for mobile computing lies mainly in gesture control and the user interface. This is precisely why people remain excited about the iPad screen and the rumored larger screen of the iPhone 5: users love to be able to move, manipulate, and navigate with gestures instead of clumsy styli and cumbersome mice. Years ago, Steve Jobs himself rebuked the stylus and pull-out keyboards on early smart phones as outmoded, vowing to improve the design. And he sure did!
So what can we expect for the iPhone of the future?
By Michael Nace