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Apple 'E-Wallet' icon spied on U.S. patent awards

0. phoneArena 23 Feb 2011, 17:32 posted on

Apple is expected to include NFC chips on the next version of the iPhone, which would allow it to be used as an e-wallet; and a recent U.S. patent award displays a prominent and promising "e-Wallet" icon...

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posted on 23 Feb 2011, 17:57

1. clevername (Posts: 1427; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Is this really a recent mock up? The iTunes, text, and Calculator apps haven't look like that since before iOS 3. Not to mention they drew a mock up of an original iphone (look at the speaker holes) and not an iPhone 4. Maybe an old idea brought back to life? Of well not that important, just saying.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 20:40

2. Cal (unregistered)


Most patents are published 18 - 24 months after their original filing so that the competition doesn't get to see the current work. This gives Apple time to perfect an idea before coming to market. The age of the icons reflect that time, but that doesn't mean that's old by Patent time. You're actually looking back in time. That's to show you that Apple has been working on the ewallet for some time now. Kudos to Apple.

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