Apple successfully patents its implementation of folders and icon rearrangement in iOS

Apple successfully patents its implementation of folders and icon rearrangement in iOS
The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) has granted Apple a new patent related to the way folders and icon rearrangement work in the iOS system. This is one of those patents that we can really say that Apple deserves, since it was none other than the Cupertino company that introduced these UI methods.

The creation of folders in iOS, for example, is an original idea that requires the user to simply take an app icon and drop it over another, creating a folder in the process. This method was later adopted by Google in Android 4 ICS. Icon rearrangement, on the other hand, requires the user to hold their finger over an app icon for a moment, which automatically activates the rearrangement mode, causing all the apps on the home screen to start "jiggling."

It's uncertain whether this patent will help Apple defend its ideas, but still, it's good to know that the patent is held by its rightful owner. Here's the abstract from the patent application:

source: USPTO via AppleInsider



1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

All right, so if these things can be patented, Apple should remove the notification bar. I wonder why the USPTO granted these patents while the notification bar request filed by Google has been held back since 2010.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Whats even more surprising is the overall tone of this article. Ray S. is absolutely trying to sell us the fact that Apple rightfully deserve the patent. Pathetic, PA !

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't know if i should be understanding this article the way he wants.

15. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

i think you should calm down and take a seat lol

29. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Ray S. Loves apple. When he wrote the sony xperia z vs iphone 5 review, the iphone still wins even tough xperia z is clearly superior.

9. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Because Apple has bribed almost everyone in US! rotten Apple = rotten behaviour

30. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

And you by Phone Arena for this comment.

12. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

hmm I smell a law suit. and it smells like an apple.. ;)

18. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Wasn't the notifification bar Nokia's MeeGo platform's idea in the first place?

20. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Yes...along with no button full gesture control. But a good PR firm can get rid of these facts.

28. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

MeeGo??? But MeeGo was released after android... if you're talking about maemo (n900) the idea was there but the implementation was different.

24. paulislegend

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Agreed, the notification bar patent was filed on Jan 30, 2009. Why is this taking so long? I'm going to start a petition to get this patent pushed through at we the people!!!

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Windows to Apple: WTF !

22. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

WTF = Welcome To Facebook

23. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

What does Windows have to do with this?

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


3. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I doubt anyone would copy this.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"I doubt anyone would copy this." I just did...... XD

14. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

we need more funny trolls like you, instead of the usual PA retarded hater trolls!

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm gonna patent "comment post" muhaha :D I'll be rich

7. Adithya7184 unregistered

so now its confirmed. Ray.s is an Cr@pple fanboy. every time Cr@pple files for an patent, US Patents Trolls Office grants it, this one is not special. pathetic article....

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm gonna patent Ray S.! :P Nope, just kidding! xD

11. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013


13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Despite the fact that I agree Apple has 'invented' this icon and folder behaviour, I think granting a patent to it and enabling Apple to sue the crap out of others is a bad idea. This procedure is now so commonly used, the patent can't be used to forbid it to be used or sue for billions of dollars. Just make it a frand patent.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

May as well. Everyone else is patenting theirs.

17. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple owned The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) every time Apple applied for a patent it is approved and grant even though other company invented.

21. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I too wonder if key personnel in the USPTO are part of the same revolving door systemic conspiracy that has rendered the SEC, FDA, FCC...and every other regulating body ineffective insofar as public interest is concerned.

19. FlushGordon unregistered

Yet if Apple borrows something from Android it's totally fine....such a F -cked up patent system

25. recond9

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Ah,the smell of patents war in the morning...Is so refreshing.

26. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2271; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

If that's the case, Apple should patent apps and icons on the homescreen. Android took that concept and ran with it. Also Google Play and Google Music is a complete rip off of Itunes and the App Market.

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