Apple Patent for Slide to Unlock and Character Popping Approved

Apple [AAPL] has won a patent for a couple of software features found in iOS.

The first is in relation to the “Slide to Unlock” bar that is found when you switch on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The second is in relation to the character-pop on the virtual keyboard that Apple uses.

What it basically all means is that you can’t copy Apple by creating a Slide to Unlock that looks like the version that Apple uses. Also you cannot create a keyboard with popping characters like shown in the diagram above.

The patents were filed about 3 years ago and have only just been approved. We doubt it will change anything on any other platform though as each phone seems to use it’s own method.

Via: Go Rumors Patents here and here

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