Apple added a patent for turning pages
By mission winter90 - Sat Nov 17, 1:21 pm
Apple added a patent for turning pages:
Apple added a patent for turning pages . Apple was granted two notable design patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Tuesday: one for the “page turn” animation found in many Apple applications, and another for the design of Smart Case iPad cover, which replaced the original Smart Cover in 2011.
Patent No. D670,713, entitled “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” was first filed in December 2011. As a design patent, the application relies on the included figures to illustrate the “animation” that Apple is seeking ownership of.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week granted a rather noteworthy design patent for the digital equivalent of the page turn (PDF), that time-honored tradition of flipping pages while looking through a book, a magazine, or other stack of bound paper.
Apple filed for the patent, which was spotted earlier this week by The Register, on December 19, 2011. That’s well after the release of Apple’s iBooks software, which came out in April 2010 and employs a similar on-screen page-turning mechanism that looks just like the one in the patent drawings.
Apple’s attention to detail and realism with the page turn animation helped make iBooks a credible e-book reader and, for many, allowed the experience to be more enjoyable when compared to other tablet e-book software such as Amazon’s Kindle application, which features a much more primitive page turn animation.
The page turn patent claims Elizabeth Caroline Cranfill, Mikio Inose, and Stephen O. Lemay as inventors.
Apple’s second noteworthy design patent covers the Apple Smart Case, which the company first introduced alongside the third-generation iPad. An evolution of Apple’s Smart Cover, the Smart Case protects both the front and back of the iPad while still providing the benefits of magnetically-triggered sleep/wake and a built-in stand for various positions