Apple Wins Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Device Casings

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple was today granted a 2009 patent application to allow users to control a device by pressing on, or squeezing, parts of the casing. An illustration in the patent shows potential touch-sensitive areas across a whole range of different devices:

    The patent, discovered by AppleInsider, combines two different methods of detecting and measuring the amount of pressure applied: one physical, the other electrical. The capacitance test, which works in a similar way to touchscreens, would enable the device to tell human touch apart from accidental pressure applied while the device was carried in a pocket or bag.
    Apple patents a great many technologies it never uses, either as potential solutions that are later rejected or to protect against competitor use, although the metal casing of the iPhone 5 could make the system practical on any future iPhone models with a similar casing.

    Article Link: Apple Wins Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Device Casings
  2. Meandmunch macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
  3. ironsienna macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    All these devices look so old! I can't believe in just 4 years how much mobile technology has been evolved!
  4. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Great but a judge will probably reverse nearly half of this decision in a few months. :p
  5. justperry macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Have to agree here, I think this is nothing more than what is already out there.
  6. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    I think that unless you build it and sell it, you shouldn't be holding those patent rights after a specific period of time.

    maybe I am dumb
  7. Dan-- macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
    So, if you squeeze the casing hard, it can tell the antenna to stop working properly ;)
  8. Mac21ND macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    You're holding it wrong.

    No, really, you need to squeeze here and push there to check your email.
  9. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    Now presenting the iSquishy.

    - You're squeezing it wrong.
  10. thewinelake macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2008
    Absolutely right - it's not you that's dumb, it's the patent system that is.

    The other thing would be that if you don't use it within a certain period, you must licence it at a fair price to anyone else, as in the mobile phone industry.
  11. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    Doesn't apple use something like this in the apple(mighty) mouse?
  12. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    I was just going to edit my post to add the licensing part. totally agreed
  13. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Generalizing here: A lot of these patents are used for anti-competitive reasons - stop competitors from doing the same thing. I agree - a patent should become invalid if not implemented within a given time.
  14. Henriok macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2002
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Did they invent, and get the patent to, the button?
  15. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    it would be great if apple could incorporate swipe from left or right in iOS
    like the notification center on ML with the trackpad.
  16. mentholiptus macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    This is bs. Why does Apple get to have ideas that Samsung doesn't? This should belong to Samsung.
  17. Intarweb macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    Maybe they can now get rid of the stupid home button that's prone to failure because of dirt getting in-between the case and the button?
  18. oliversl macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
  19. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    That's because it hasn't... in 2009 Apple was selling the iPhone 3GS, months away from the iPad and a year away from the MBA. Why they used photos from products that were 3-10 years old is anyones guess...
  20. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    So are they going to go after Amazon now? Given that alot of Kindle cases already do this?
  21. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Pretty much a BS patent grant. And I'm sure will be invalidated when first tested in court.
  22. ctcampbell macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2012
    This would be good in addition to the thumb detection on the mini for greater accuracy when determining if a touch is deliberate or not.
  23. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
  24. wizard macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    Yeah you are dumb!

    If you invent something it is yours for a fixed time defined by the patent system. That is the whole point of the patent system!!! You are free to do what you want with that invention for the period of time the patent remains active.

    In a sense what you want already exists, patents on inventions don't last forever. Now you could argue about the length of time for a patent but that becomes a very combative discussion. Frankly though the patent system is more rational than the copyright system which grants you exclusivity after you are dead. If you look carefully at the two systems it is pretty obvious that the patent system is less screwed up than the copyright system.
  25. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010

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