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Apple wins patent on iOS magnification tech

updated 12:05 pm EST, Tue January 22, 2013

Filing documents iOS trope

Apple has won a patent on the magnifying loupe used throughout iOS, says AppleInsider. The loupe appears whenever a person taps and holds on certain content, such as selectable text. In the patent, Device, method, and graphical user interface for management and manipulation of user interface elements, Apple < ahref="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/22/apple-awarded-patent-for-ios-loupe-on-screen-content-magnification">notes that the option is a way of making the UI easier to deal with on small screens such as the iPhone's; it's also said to preserve battery life, since it cuts out unnecessary zoom-in functions.

A notable detail in the patent is that the loupe is only set to display whenever certain criteria are met, in order to prevent it from popping up by accident. In a graph, for instance, it may show up whenever a line is below a certain size parameter. Different size thresholds are used throughout the OS, above which the loupe won't appear.

Apple first filed for the patent in 2009. Just two inventors are credited, Ian Patrick McCullough and Peter Glen Berger.




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  1. chabig

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    Bad choice of words. Patents are not "won". They are applied for an either granted or not. There is no competition.

  1. blahblahbber

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    this should be standard on all tech. Another hoarding move from yours truly.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    this should be standard on all tech. Another hoarding move from yours truly.



    YOU patented this?

    All your blathering and senseless trolling, yet coupled with the occasional morsel of having a clue in the regular threads…it all makes sense now.

    A weirdly bizarre and sickening sense, but sense nonetheless.

  1. gradient

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    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    this should be standard on all tech. Another hoarding move from yours truly.



    Hoarding? You've never heard of licensing, I take it?

    On a side note, it amuses me that you are now listed as Mac Enthusiast. Lulz.

  1. blahblahbber

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    Originally Posted by Spheric HarlotView Post

    YOU patented this?

    All your blathering and senseless trolling, yet coupled with the occasional morsel of having a clue in the regular threads…it all makes sense now.

    A weirdly bizarre and sickening sense, but sense nonetheless.

    meaning crApple... duh

  1. blahblahbber

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    Originally Posted by gradientView Post

    Hoarding? You've never heard of licensing, I take it?

    On a side note, it amuses me that you are now listed as Mac Enthusiast. Lulz.



    Yeah, crApple REALLY going to want to license their bs Tech. You didn't have your booster today did you....

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    meaning crApple... duh



    Well, if it's essential tech that "needs to be standard" on all devices, it is going to have to be FRAND licensed. Somebody has to apply for it to be placed under FRAND terms.

    Go right ahead.

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