The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of two patents that were practical joke Steve Jobs patent ideas. While Apple was working on the iPhone, Apple decided to publicize an iPod-Phone to put their competitors off-track. When introducing the iPhone in 2007, Steve Jobs made fun of the goofy iPod Phone dial idea and got a lot of laughs from the audience that day. Below is a photo of the moment in time.
Apple's granted patent notes that the figures under 9A-9E, with three of them found in our cover graphic illustrate one example of a handheld device with a keyless phone system. The handheld device includes a display and a circular touch wheel #154 with a button #156 disposed in the center. As shown in FIG. 9A, when placed in a phone mode, the touch wheel is configured to present phone characters #160 such as numbers, * and # at different angular locations around the wheel.
Apple's granted patent 9,367,151 dates back to 2006. Veteran Ording Bas is noted as one of the inventors.
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