Site Uncoverers New Patent For Apple's Multitouch Screen Display

Technology investigators at the Patently Apple Website, which is a site dedicated to finding patents filed by the Cupertino-based iPod maker, has revealed a patent filed by the company that indicates that Apple has developed a new multi-touch screen technology.

The patent, numbered 20100001973, was filed with the US Patent and Trademark office by Apple in 2008 and it apparently points to the fact that Apple plans to use this new technology in its iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac notebook offerings.

The current touch screen standard includes touch-screen components over the layers that form the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). According to the patent filing, Apple has managed to make the LCD pixels "touch sensitive" by removing the additional layers and in-turn making the screen lighter, brighter and thinner.

Interestingly, the patent filing also revealed that Apple has developed a new feature which will incorporate touch-screen capabilities to the edge of the display (area surrounding the display), allowing user to scroll the content on display without actually touching the screen.

Patently Apple also discovered that Apple plans to use in-plane switching technology, which was developed by Hitachi in 1996, to enhance the viewing angle and color reproduction of twisted nematic displays.

However, as of now, Apple has not given any confirmation about using such technology in the products that it is currently is offering in the market.

Our Comments

Yet another patent discovered from Apple. As mentioned before, those patents do not necessarily mean that Apple will be using the technology anytime soon. Instead it does mean that the company might choose to keep it for version 6 or 7 of the iPhone.

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