Apple Granted Patent for Radial Scrollable Menus
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the presentation of menu or toolbar options in a graphical user interface. Specifically, the invention is directed towards presenting numerous options that scroll through a particular location at which the options can be selected. Specifically, the invention is directed towards presenting these options in a radial form as noted below. Radial menus could provide desired menu selections without the difficulties inherent in drop-down menus. Apple's invention could apply to both OS X and iOS.
Apple's first radial styled scrollable menu's patent filing was covered by us back in 2010. Apple's first follow-up patent filing was found in Korea back in June 2012. Another form of a radial menu was introduced in August 2012 and finally in October of this year Apple was awarded their first granted patent for radial menus.
Apple credits Egan Schulz and Tom Langmacher as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q2 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 29 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent 8,601,389.
Facial Recognition and Panorama
Two other granted patents of interest include facial recognition and Apple's Panorama camera app. The facial recognition patent basically covers the use of face recognition as a form of user authentication to access a device. Yet with Apple's new Touch ID now in place, it's unclear if Apple will advance this invention in the future. On the other hand, the invention does cover a few additional features that could make it to market in the future and if you're interested in exploring this patent further, check it out here.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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