updated 01:35 pm EDT, Thu September 2, 2010
Browsing tech linked to Apple TV
Two new Apple patent applications have appeared in listings at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The first, Method and User Interface for Accessing Groups of Media Assets, is directly linked to the Apple TV, and describes an interface for browsing media sources such as YouTube. By way of a remote, people can scroll through categorized lists of information that can be expanded to include new media.
The concept is essential to the newest Apple TV, since the set-top is entirely dependent on outside media sources, whether on the Internet or a connected computer or handheld.
The second application is titled simply Data Synchronization Protocol, and suggests a means of over-the-air sync between multiple devices, like Macs and iPhones. In trying to pull data a handheld could be toggled to operate in fast or slow sync modes, or to reset as necessary. The modes might further be assigned selectively to different types of data, helping to prioritize transfers based on file size. A photo, for instance, would not be treated the same as a contact entry.
Apple filed for the sync concept on May 13th of this year. The media browsing patent actually dates back to May 28th, 2007, but a continuation was submitted on May 12th 2010.