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Apple wins patents on clickwheel phone, more

updated 11:55 am EDT, Tue August 11, 2009

Clickwheel iPhone patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted several patents to Apple, among which are three notable ones. These cover the music backup process in iTunes, as well as a power adapter equipped with a FireWire port and a detachable plug. The third deals with a clickwheel phone interface, which in diagrams is associated not with the iPhone, but the iPod classic.

Users would glide around a number wheel to dial, and scroll through letters and symbols to compose a text message. The patent was originally filed for in July 2006, and may document an aborted concept for the original iPhone, ultimately released in the summer of 2007. Apple has also filed for a trademark on the App Store logo, used as an icon on current iPhones and iPod touches.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jamiec

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Holy smokes...

    It's the MacBook Wheel!

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rotary tech...

    ...for the 21st century. Wow, everything old is new again. I wonder if you can switch it from 'tone' to 'pulse.'

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