Monday, September 11, 2006

The Big Question...Will Apple's New Hand-Held Include Satellite Radio?

A SSG reader tipped me off to this blog, which discusses details of Apple's new hand-held device which is being presented tomorrow. It's a very interesting read (LINK)

On September 7, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled “Multi-functional hand-held device” originally filed in March 2006.
In light of Apple’s September 12th “Showtime” media event – this patent holds the potential of providing us with valuable insights into a new iPod and/or other hand-held device which could debut on Tuesday. Telephony is covered in this patent. However, the unique aspect of this chameleon style unit, is that it holds the potential of changing UI. The patent notes:
“Before a particular device functionality can be used, it typically must be selected for use. The selection can come in a variety of forms. For example, the selection may be made via a main menu that includes soft buttons or icons that, when selected, activate the device functionality associated with the soft button. During activation, the GUI for that particular device is brought into view on the display (see FIGS. 9-17 - below) and the software associated with the device is installed, loaded or activated. From that point on, the multi-functional device operates like the selected device....

....The hand-held device 600 also includes various communication devices 630 that are operatively coupled to the controller 602. The communication devices 630 may, for example, include both wired and wireless connectivity selected from I/O ports 632 such as IR, USB, or FireWire ports, GPS receiver 634, and a radio receiver 636....read more: HERE

9/11/2006 04:10:00 PM

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