Don’t turn that page, it’s patented

Rolf Coppens
November 20th 2012

Apple's recent work on iOS has been using as much references to "natural" elements as possible, making the digital as physical as possible. Doing how they do, they have been protecting their work pretty extensively. They have now managed to patent the turning of a page on a digital device. So now Apple owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form.

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Arnoud
Posted 20/11/2012 – 18:12

I am truly amazed by this. Two years ago Microsoft tried to patent a similar technique but didn't get the patent. http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-files-patent-for-virtual-page-turning-animation
How is this one different?

Arnoud
Posted 20/11/2012 – 17:56

Where did you learn this? (reference?) I know some online webtools that use this feature. Are they illegal now? Or is it limited to use on tablets? Or only in the States?

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