The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's use of a parallax interface that began with iOS 7. Apple only tapped into a tiny fragment of their 3D user interface invention. Our 3D and Future Interface archives show you Apple's ongoing work in this area of interface design. A recent rumor hinted that Apple may utilize a new 3D display in the future, but for now it's just a rumor. Apple's last detailed 3D UI interface patent application was filed in 2012. Samsung, the fast follower, also has a similar patent application now on record.
Apple Granted Patent for 3D UI Effects on a Display by Using Properties of Motion
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to 3D user interface effects. Apple implemented a part of this invention with the release of iOS 7 which used a parallax effect on the home screen. Apple also published a page covering how to reduce the effect by turning on the reduce motion effect.
Apple only used a tiny fraction of their 3D invention when using the parallax effect. Apple's granted patent covers other areas relating to 3D which include interaction with a virtual 3D world inside the display, how to prevent the GPU from constantly re-rendering and how it could extend to OS X for Macs.
Patently Apple first covered this as a patent application back in February 2012. See our full report for more details and patent figures.
Apple credits Mark Zimmer, Geoff Stahl, David Hayward and Frank Doepke as the inventors of granted patent 8,913,056 which was originally filed in Q3 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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