A new patent by Apple hints at profound interface changes possibly starting with the iPhone 5

A new patent by Apple hints at profound interface changes possibly starting with the iPhone 5
iOS' introduction back in 2007 sparked a revolution and it seems that Apple feels the time is right for another radical improvement - this time concerned with radial menus.

Apple patented the "novel radial menu techniques" and although it's yet unknown exactly how this patent will be implemented in practice, it's reasonable to expect that Apple will get all the existing good sides of radial menus and add some new improvements and optimizations for its iOS. The pictures below may give you some hints, so take a look. The exact wording of this patent is:

“…The novel radial menu techniques of some embodiments include (i) non-uniform spacing of menu items, (ii) the use of shading or highlighting within a region associated with an item to indicate the present selectability of the item, and (iii) the use of radial gestures for opening sub-menus and the subsequent display of the sub-menu.”

Excited? Radial menus may become a must in the future, but for now are just a good idea. Their practical implementation will be interesting, though, so we're looking forward for more news on the subject.

source: UnwiredView

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28 Comments

26. DroidDude! unregistered

Iphone Sucks major balls! Their phones are way to over rated! Android running over apple! Apple throw in the towel and bow down to the Droid!

25. coolio guy unregistered

call bs on this one...

20. supa unregistered

@gorjus87 Try downloading a zip or rar file on your iphone from a file sharing site and unzipping or unraring directly on your iphone. Have fun with that, then do the same thing on your DX also if you root your DX & overclock it you'll be able to do a ton of stuff you can never do on ios

17. gorjus87 unregistered

I currently carry the droid x and the iphone4.....i say hands down...iphone4!!! battery sucks on droids period. google tried too hard to bite off the iphone. I have no complaints about my iphone 4 but i dont even know where to start when it comes to that darn droid!!!!! apple rules!!! and another thing, some ppl have never even used an apple product but they are so quick to down it. take a chance and you will probaly never go back to droid!

19. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

fanboy alert

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

could the battery drain faster because the phone has a bigger screen? I don't know how screen power consumption is managed, but something tells me the bigger the screen the more power it consumes and the droid x screen is approx 29% bigger that the iPhone, is the price to pay for a bigger screen.

28. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

That's funny, my buddy has an iP and he is constantly charging it up because he is a heavy user and when it dies, he has to wait before he can use it. With my bb Bold, if it dies I can still use it while its charging, but unlike the iP, I replaced with a beefier battery. Same thing with my Incredible, getting a beefier battery, easy to manage everything, can see what's using the battery, the display (even with live wallpaper) doesn't hardly use the batt that much, it's always the least item draining the batt! Now with heavy use, yes, the batt will go down, just like with everything! Pretty simple.

11. justsaying unregistered

Agreed iphone interface is awful, once this is fixed I think it will secure iphone as #1

9. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Riiiiight...so back to what we were talking about. I think you have to remember that Apple isn't trying to cater to us nerds. That's the reason why the iPhone is so popular and will remain that way. Apple makes a smartphone...A SMARTPHONE...that anyone can use. If you can recognize a picture, you can use the iPhone. It doesn't matter if you are bored with the OS as long as it works. I'd love to see a new iPhone layout, but that's the nerd in me talking. The fact that I can show an 80-year-old husband and wife how to use an iPhone in 30 min or less is amazing. If a redesign is coming up, I hope Apple doesn't fall for what other OS's are doing...and I'm pretty sure they won't. Keep making it easy and functional. Don't cater to the nerds because we are the small minority and we don't move 600,000 phones in presale.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

why people think android is hard to use? the most complicated thing i find a user can do that regular users do is set a wifi network and if there is free wifi android will tell you? the four buttons at the bottom? pressed once and you already know what they do and adding a widget? 5 steps how complicated is that? I don't know why people believe smartphones are to be easy, they where meant for advanced users from the beginning of time, I personally like smartphones because they can handle everything I trow at them, and yes this includes the iPhone, I love UI whit a complex side, and I love to see there are some hidden tricks on my phones that I find from time to time, I believe any extra/advanced features added to any OS will be most appreciated, you don't have to turn it into a maze either. I'll be looking forward these new features and settings

22. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Riiiight, so I never said Android was hard. I just said iOS was the easiest OS to use. So yeah...

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed... I stand corrected :)

27. hy6 unregistered

fuk off

18. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Android is so easy to use! My 2 year old nephew picks them up and starts playing games without any help! He doesnt guess which buttons to push. He knows which buttons to press. Android is just as easy to use as iOS. That argument was never valid. The reason Apple does so well is because they have AMAZING marketing and the phones look pretty. Their main advantage was that they were first to market with a really popular touch-screen smartphone.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

agreed I think this are apple's advantages: -Fist fully established app store. -Among the fist to change the way the touchscreen ran on mobile phones. -Great advertising. -Phone looks pretty and has good quality.

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Exciting. Something to look forward to on the iphone5. Of course I will upgrade like I do every year :)

7. Striker unregistered

baldilocks is right, nipple-ass! compared to iOS android looks like an old version of windows 98. Oh, and yes, it sucks battery, cause its dumbly made and designed by !!!?google. what do you expect by the way...

14. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Dumbly Made? Well seems you're the only thing dumb around here.

16. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

You fail sir

6. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Great another boring apple design. I've seen this before on other phones maybe not with the little copy and paste features on the web browser but this menu style is old, out dated, and worthless.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1555; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Tiny screen? What are you people, 10 years old?? Cell phones with 2.1" screens were just fine until a year ago. Then came the iPhone with a 3.5" screen. Now you have battery sucking Android phones with 4.3" screens - no thanks. 3.5" is pretty much the sweet spot size for a screen. If you need something bigger, get a laptop.

5. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Butt hurt apple fan.

15. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Yes, TINY! I actually am 10. Now you are arguing with a 10 year old... How does that make you feel?

10. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Actually I think 3.7 or 3.8 would be the sweet spot. I've had three different iPhones, and I'm starting to feel like 3.5 is a tad too undersized. Small? No, not by any means. It's a great size. And the iPhone 4 really has the best looking screen around, but would be better with 3.7.

13. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I somewhat agree, 3.5" should be a minimum and 4" should be a maximum. I've held the Droid X and EVO 4G, they're too big. But The Facinate and iPhone and everything else in between is pretty comfortable to use

2. ltjustas

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

never had an iphone and never will...~~~ Too small screen ^^

3. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I hate those tiny screens!

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Apple needs to do something. I've loved my iPhones brought the years but the ui needs a serious facelift.

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