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January 18, 2011

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Interesting point ilan. The light display patents were licensed or purchased by Apple in 2007 when the iPhone was just rolling out. Apple may have been able to snatch these up for future use. The "inventors" mention in the patent that the "handheld portion of the display may use "any recognition technique" - including Palm OS."

Apple sometimes will say that a particular feature could run on other operating systems like Windows, but don't. It's just to illustrate the type of system the technology could apply to.

Obviously Apple has a working relationship with these inventors as Apple has recently picked up another patent of theirs as noted below about finger print scanning for future iOS devices:


http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/08/apple-may-adopt-fingerprint-scanning-in-future-portables.html

Why is the handheld device in the graphic a dead ringer for the ancient Palm m125?

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