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New patent points to update of Apple's QuickTime controller

Apple's patent folder continued to grow last week when the company applied for a patent that reveals work on possible QuickTime player changes.

On 7 June, the US Patent and Trademark Office published the company's application, with images of QuickTime interface controls that could provide users with superior playback accuracy.

According to Patently Apple, the new controls will allow users to set playback speed and will temporarily replace the traditional timeline scrubber, in a move that the website called "a practical idea delivered in an interface that only Apple could dream up."

Based on the patent drawings, the interface will morph from the traditional play/pause control buttons into a jog shuttle control, which allows for user manipulation of playback.

The advantage, Patently Apple said, of controlling the rate of playback speed is to provide a user with the ability to locate a position in the presentation with acute accuracy.

"If you've ever tried to transcribe a portion of an Apple keynote, then you're fully aware that attempting to go back a few seconds to catch a single word that you missed is close to impossible," the website said.

The alleged new QuickTime controls will override that issue, making it easier for users to closely analyse an impressive baseball play or rewind a movie to catch a moment lost to laughter. Apple did not immediately return request for comment.

Apple's QuickTime patent application was originally filed in 2010 by Apple's Engineering Manager Gary Flint, according to Patently Apple.

Last week, the computer company earned a patent on its distinctive laptop teardrop design. The claim could turn the PC-building business upside down, if Apple decides to sue ultrabook makers for their slim laptops that often resemble the MacBook Air's wedge concept.

Speaking of Apple keynotes, the company gave its annual presentation at WWDC yesterday. Take a look at ITProPortal's live blog to see what you may have missed.