updated 10:35 am EST, Thu February 1, 2007
New Apple patents
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published two new patent applications filed by Apple Inc. titled " Configuration of a computing device in a secure manner" and "Transmission of AV/C transactions over multiple transports method and apparatus." The former describes the ability of a future wireless iPod and/or iPhone (simply noted as a cellular phone) with the ability to access Apple's iTunes Music Store in a secure manner for the purposes of a device upgrade or commercial transaction. The latter patent relates to implementing Audio/Video Control (AV/C) device communication systems, as in the AV/C Digital Interface Command Set specified by IEEE 1394, and relates specifically to techniques for implementing the AV/C data packets over multiple transports.