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June 15, 2012


In 2006 Apple had iPhone patents published and of course they were rough concepts listing the basics of a smartphone. Many people said what's so different about this compared to this or that phone in the market at that time. And yet when it arrived, Apple had an unexpected GUI, iApps, and not just touch capabilities but multi-touch.

So it's a common hack to point to prior art and all of that nonsense in an effort to downplay anything that Apple is patenting. Yet knowing Apple, if and when radial menus arrive, they're likely be different, cooler and deliver something unique for Apple operating systems.

For now, how can anyone in the general public answer your question Tem? Neither of us have seen Apple's real end-user version of the radial menu. For now, it's a new menu style for a possible future OS. It's just a glimpse of what might be coming down the pipe. This article points to other patents floating around with related ideas. So for now it's a work in progress, not a product like you pointed to.

Radial menus have been around since at least 1995, I used them in Alias Studio on SGI (unix) workstations. There are a few other Apps that use radial menus currently, solidworks 2011 and 2012 (windows), and another (can't remember,sorry). Due to sleep deprivation I wasn't able to read all the article. I wonder what is so different from what's already been done on other OSs?

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