On Monday we posted a report titled "New Apple TV with Siri Invention Surfaces in Europe Supporting Live TV & Time-Shifting Viewing." We were limited to working with a suppressed version of Apple's patent filing in Europe as USPTO was still behind in publishing patent applications for December 31. Today we're able to expand on the Apple TV invention by showing you patent graphics that clearly indicate that Apple TV is likely to expand to iDevices at some point in the future.
Apple's patent FIG. 11 noted below illustrates exemplary television media content on a mobile user device. More specifically, note that the TV content isn't an app or part of a TV episode that you could purchase on iTunes. It's showing you live TV by listing actual TV channels. That would indicate that the iPad is showing users live TV or television programing from a local TV network.
While the majority of the patent filing is about Apple TV in the form a set-top-box, Apple does notes under patent FIG. 11 that exemplary television media content on user device 102 which can include a mobile telephone, tablet computer, remote control, or the like with touchscreen. FIG. 11 illustrates interface 1150 including a TV listing with multiple television programs 1152. Interface 1150 can for example, correspond to a particular application on the user device, such as a television control application, television content listing application, Internet application, or the like.
Apple's invention particularly points to an iPad of iPhone being able to work with Apple TV, the set-top-box, beyond the new Siri Remote. Though over time, Apple has hinted on several occasions in patents that Apple TV is likely to available to mobile devices over time. In 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple Invents an Apple TV Remote GUI that could be Custom Rendered for Specific iDevice and Mac Displays," that illustrated an Apple TV interface that would extend to future iDevices.
Apple's patent application 20150382047 was originally filed in Q3 2014. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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