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Mobile projectors, file transfers in iPhone future?

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu June 4, 2009

iPhone tech patents

Even as the expected announcement date for a new iPhone nears, information has emerged on some possible future iPhone technologies. Among other newly-exposed patent applications is one for multiple simultaneous file transfers, which could for instance allow someone in the middle of a video call to transmit a song, image or voicemail recording at the same time. The call interface would be minimized, bringing up a second devoted to media selection.

Apple also makes reference to the possibility of split-screen video conferencing, conducted through a mobile equivalent of iChat. The iPhone presently lacks any incarnation of iChat, and in fact depends on third-party apps such as AIM to send text-based instant messages. Video calls could in theory be implemented using the iPhone 3.0 firmware, but would also be dependent on tolerance from carriers like AT&T, which block some forms of video.

Additionally present in the patent the concept of an embedded pico projector, which would give iPhones access to a larger display surface without the need for an attached monitor or TV. The technology already exists in add-on form, but could need substantial shrinking in order to merge with a handheld. An iPhone projector might also have limited use, as much of the device's interface requires seeing where fingers are touching.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Video out...

    We have the Apple cable - but it only displays slideshows, video and YouTube. Does anyone know how they're showing full-time, any-app, full video at the keynotes? No way it's camera-shot... maybe VNC server on the phone? Proprietary cable? Dummied on the dev app?

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