Apple finally receives a design patent for Cover Flow

Apple finally receives a design patent for Cover Flow
There are still very few native music applications out there that rivals Apple's Cover Flow interface – something that was unveiled on iTunes 7.0 a little bit under 4 years ago and subsequently on the iPhone. We've seen some that prove to equally match it, but its undeniable characteristics make it stand out from afar. Continuing their efforts in protecting their creations, Apple was recently rewarded a design patent for their Cover Flow UI element. Essentially they can now go after anyone that remotely has a substantial look to Cover Flow – although they can bust them for having the look of the system, they can't do anything regarding its functionality; hence the design patent. There might be some applications out there that may have some similarities, but hopefully they'll ever so slightly modify it in a way to move far from Apple's heat seeking gleam.

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source: Patent D613,300 via Engadget

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19 Comments

1. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

jeez... before you know it, apple is going to apply for a patent for air so they can go after the public for breathing.

2. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

i didnt see you post this on the htc patents posted the other day...

3. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Who cares anybody who copies it has no originality..

4. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

+1

5. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Let me tell you something whocares in case you didn't know nobody likes apple or their fanboys around here the only good thing apple ever made was a computer and that's it

8. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

question is, would there have been the Droid if there wasn't an iPhone? It's like one of those 5th dimension questions...

14. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

i dont see why not.. why does everyone act like the iphone was the first phone ever?? there has been plently of smartphones before it and i wouldnt even call it a smart phone. its a multimedia device. the real question is would there be an iphone if there was never a palm pilot or windows mobile and the answer is NO!!!!

17. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

And how many iPods has apple sold?? Was it 250 MILLION? Millions of iPhones, millons of songs, bilions of apps. And you say apple hasn't made anything good. Ever. Changing the electronics and media industry to me gives a pretty damn good hint that you're doing something right.

18. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Apple has restrictions for everything. They made iTunes face which is piece of crap interface that's anoying, stupid, and in no way user-friendly. It restricts simple things that competing players like Zune excell at, like conpatibility and easily load songs on to the device. Apple restricts and chokes the life out of their devices. If they don't like jailbreaking, they should really improve the interface or lift the restrictions. Loosen up a bit and I guarantee there would be more customers.

6. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Droidman... in case you didn't know, nobody likes your mom around here, but we're still hittin' that shit from behind and you don't hear us complaining, do you?

7. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Oh here we go another bitch with her period on I'll save the day and put an ipad in your panties so your pussy doesn't leave a mess on the floor ya little cunt

10. dave412_4

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 07, 2009

haha the iPad jokes

9. kjh267

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

itamopon, i"dont work worth a dam as a"phone, ipod, and the itouchmyself are all over priced versions of a pre existing technology. not a single one of apples device bring any innovation to the table. They all do the same thing (which is nothing) in different sizes. anyone who is stupid enough to pay ridiculous amounts of money for an os that restricts everything you do is an idiot. now you can all enjoy the pleasures of 4 th gen iphone.. offering you a portable advertisement wherever you go..

15. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

+1000000000000 soooooooooooooooo true!!!!!!! haha finally someone who isnt a retarded zombie..

11. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Dude why all the hating? Whether you love android or Apple or it you re some of the few that love some other OS there is no need for derogatory comments..

19. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

because people have miserable lives and all they can do is express it through cell phone forums.

12. kjh267

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

Because apple is making all these patents and suing an innovative company like HTC and eventually others for technologies that they didn't invent just because steve jobs is a piece of shit... Htc and google have designed an open source os and amazing hardware.. And diehard apple fans are oblivious to what they support and its pathetic

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Funny thing about that open source phrase. It's open source to devs. Not the average Joe. The average Joe still has to hack or rootkit an android device to access higher functions. Just like an iPhone has to be jailbroken. And even tho for devs it's open source they still have limits on what they can do becAuse google doesn't want the functionality to be ruined by someone trying to crate a malicious code inserted into an app. Google even has a small approval process where they screen for these problems. Granted it's nowhere near as asanine as apples. Point is open source doesnt always mean open. I have yet to see one way open source has been utilized to do somethin that wasn't intended by or forseen by the creators. Fact is even with the open source tagline, not counting apples sideways approval process because that's not an OS feature, android isn't a whole lot more open than iPhone os is. Hardly at all. And to finish this up, before I'm called a fanboy or whatever, my second phone is a nexus1. So I know I'm talking about and it's from experience not bias.

16. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

google is a whole lot more liberal than apple i think thats the point of calling it open source. come on, you cant expect it to be completely open source or it would be headed for disaster!! America is a "democracy" filled with "free" people.. now if we took those world literal then America is really a democracy and no one in America is really free! naturally there are going to be restrictions!! google is the America of OS and Apple would be Nazi germany or present day China!

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