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Apple files for Grand Central trademark

updated 10:50 am EST, Tue December 9, 2008

Grand Central trademark

Working through the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has filed for a trademark on Grand Central, a technology expected to be used in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, due sometime next year. Not to be confused with Google's phone management system, the Apple technology is intended to aid developers in supporting multi-core processors, which can often be underexploited even in high-end software such as games and rendering tools.

Apple describes Grand Central as making multi-core support easier to implement, by virtue of making the whole of Mac OS X multi-core aware. Tasks are optimized for distribution across several processors, and Macs should further see a performance boost through OpenCL compatibility. The standard allows conventional software access to the GPUs on video cards, which typically only see their performance maximized in the course of running intense 3D programs.

In related news, Apple has been granted three patents connected to the the iPhone, iPod and optional In-Ear Headphones. The first two detail the packaging used for Apple handhelds, while the third describes the headphones' input mechanism.

by MacNN Staff



  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    may have something to say about that...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: google

    Doubt it. One's a phone service. The other is a programming API. Not much confusion.

    The real question would be why Apple feels it is necessary to name, let alone trademark a name, an under-the-hood OS feature?

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Re: google

    "The real question would be why Apple feels it is necessary to name, let alone trademark a name, an under-the-hood OS feature?"

    Is Core Audio, Core Video, Core animation, Bonjour, named and or trademarked?

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Google

    Don't know why, it was a train station before anything else.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: google

    Bonjour is trademarked. Not sure of the others.

    But none of that answers a question. Do users (actual users, not developers) actually go around talking about "Oh, man, Snow Leopard's got Grand Central!". Macgeeks do, because they'll talk about anything in a mac. But real users wouldn't even know it exists, and could really care less. h***, most wouldn't even know what it gives them except "Its supposed to make some things faster"

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