It’s been quite the week for Apple. First the ITC banned several HTC smartphones from import in the US (effective April 19), then we heard about a spanking new complaint relating to Samsung’s tablet and smartphone covers (patents are involved, natch).
Now Apple has had yet another patent approved, and it’s potentially vague enough to be a pain in the nuts for rival operating systems.
The patent in question is number 8,082,523 (seriously), or “Portable electronic device with graphical user interface supporting application switching” to use its full title.
The patent description is typically wordy (237 words, to be precise), but essentially it describes a user being on a call, bringing up a list of apps while maintaining the call, selecting another app, and finally tapping an icon that allows the user to go back to the call screen.
That’s a fairly common feature on smartphones, so we’re fully expecting Apple to start various legal proceedings pretty soon.
However, rather than being a sensationalist moron and predicting that this is the end of Android et al, I’ll suggest that Apple’s rivals could address the technique with a simple software update. Boom.
via: CBS News