Apple files patent applications related to using the Digital Crown on the iPhone and iPad

Apple files patent applications related to using the Digital Crown on the iPhone and iPad
The Digital Crown is the innovative tool that Apple created so that Apple Watch users could zoom in and out on the watch screen in place of the multi-touch "pinch and zoom." The latter obviously was not a workable solution for users of the timepiece. Zooming all the way in on an app using the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch, will launch it. Pressing the crown afterward will take you back to the home screen. The Digital Crown also allows certain apps to scroll up and down on the display.

Last summer, Apple filed a patent application for the use of a Digital Crown on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Continuing with this thought, Apple has now filed a pair of patent applications (20160378187 and 20160378189) that explain the advantages of using a Digital Crown on these products. One part of the application showed the Digital Crown working in tandem with an "interface cube." The crown would be able to rotate the cube allowing the user to read whatever is written on each side of it.

The new patent applications also mention adding haptic feedback to the Digital Crown. This allows the user to know that he/she has interacted with the device in some way.

via PatentlyApple, RedmondPie



1. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why

37. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What, what, what, what, what is this huge round thing on the first picture????????

44. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 189; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

jog dial

2. Nopers unregistered

What purpose could this even serve?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If Steve Jobs were still alive, I'd think this was positioning to claim dialing of any kind on a smartwatch as an apple patent, and go after Samsung for their rotary bezel.

15. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Very smart comment. Keep it up.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was, because I know Apple's history under Jobs. I know about the slide to unlock patent, based on an idea stolen from Neinode, and written in such a nebulous way so as to include any gesture on a touchscreen coupled with an animation. This is what led Apple to claim, in a lawsuit, that a tap was just a zero length slide, therefore tapping an icon to unlock violated their patent.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not April 1st. It's January 1st.

33. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yet here you are.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're just as predictable as the BlackBerry cheerleader.

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not as predictable as you, Apple priest.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one is as predictable as that Apple Priest. That's evident in the way he predictably can't keep me off of his mind. I need to start paying him rent for all of the space I'm occupying in his teeny-tiny brain.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes, son. You should start paying us rent for you living in our basement. Thanks for confirming that you are a blackberry cheerleader lol since I never said any names.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks for confirming that you're an Apple Priest and that I'm occupying so much space in that teeny-tiny brain of yours. I bet you became orgasmic once I commented here. You've called me a "BlackBerry cheerleader" more than once, so it was easy to see that you were talking about me. Thanks for proving that you're nothing but cowardly keyboard warrior that just can't keep me out your mouth.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hey man, what you do in your own time is your business. I don't want to hear about the details. And wouldn't that make you a blackberry shill or are you going to pretend like this below didn't happen: Again, I didn't name drop anyone. You just assumed, like you always do. Lol, you make this too easy lol. And don't flatter yourself.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

Quit denying it. Everyone here knows that you're infatuated with me. You just resort to your typical "I'm the victim" BS when you get called out by me. I can use the same article you linked and throw your hypocritical BS right back in your face. I never mentioned any namses either, yet there you came responding as soon as I said "trolls", lol. Now stop mimicking me, and go seek immediate help for that and for your sick infatuation of me, and I better not catch you peaking through my bathroom window while touching yourself when I'm in the shower again.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Should I post links of you picking fights with me or are you ready to stop while you still have a microscopic shred of dignity left? Don't give me that bs. You got defensive directly after I said my comment in that article, so spare me the sob story. ...Dude I don't want to know about your sick fantasies and ideas. Keep it to yourself.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, go right ahead, so that I can post the plethora of times that you pick fights and take cheap potshots at me, like you did in this very article, rendering your credibility factor to minus 500. (Watch how you'll mimic me now). No, YOU got defensive because I said troll, and now you're playing the victim role again. At least you know what you are, lol. No sick fantasies here, just facts. You prove every day that you are extremely infatuated with me, that's why you continue to seek my attention with your cheap potshots, like in this article.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I pick fights all the time. I told you once before, I attack the haters who attack me or do the very same thing they accuse others. I only took a potshot here if you consider the potshot to be true. Your credibility is absolute zero, alpha. And you got offensive because I said blackberry cheerleader even though I said no names. Again, I don't care about you and your questionable fantasies. Get over it and stop being so dramatic.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BS meter just broke with this first part of your comment, JakeLee. You troll and take cheap potshots. Period. It's what you do. Own up to it and stop being a coward already. Stop,projecting. You went on full defense mode because I said troll. Like I said, at least you know what you are. Now you're just deflecting and projecting, especially since you have lewd fantasies about me and touch yourself while reading my comments.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You first, NoToFanboys. Since you want to call me random users. You troll and project as well. You need to drop the innocent act because you are just as guilty since you confirmed that you are fighting the good fight. Bullsht. You made your comment right after I made a light jab at BlackBerry's current fortunes. Get over it. ...Dude I don't want to hear about your little fantasies. You're the one who touches himself anytime something blackberry related is mentioned.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks like you have Projectitis. I think you caught it from the BlackBerry shill.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looks like you're still projecting and deflecting. It comes from being an zombified i$#33p that's also a cowardly keyboard warrior. Oh, and thanks for confirming that you just can't keep me off of your mind. You may continue touching yourself while reading my comments now.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Calls me a zombified i$h33p yet defends blackberry like an angry hornet defending her colony. Again with the projecting.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says he doesn't mimic me and doesn't wants to be me, and yet, he mimics my commenting style down to the words that I use, while attacking anyone like a rabid bulldog that says anything about Apple that gets his brown stained thongs twisted up his bum. Pot, meet kettle.

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If the shoe fits, or in your case, high heels, then wear the motherf-ers. You are clearly drunk with the Hypocriskey again. Now don't waste your troll tokens on it.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's was as lame as your as your troll attempts are, and that's saying a lot.

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The only thing that is lame here is your sex life. Now that's lame.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 22817; Member since: May 28, 2014

There you go projecting your nonexistent sex life on me again.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well you being here negates that.

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