Apple's Christie takes the stand, talks about "slide-to-unlock" during patent trial

Apple's Christie takes the stand, talks about "slide-to-unlock" during patent trial
 The Apple-Samsung patent trial wrapped up its first week, with Apple software engineer Greg Christie on the stand. Christie, who had recently given some insight about the Apple iPhone's early days, spoke under oath about the "slide-to-unlock" feature, covered by one of the five patents that Apple claims was infringed on by Samsung.

According to Christie, Apple originally wanted the Apple iPhone to be an "always-on" device. But having a phone that needed to be ready to light up a screen at the touch of a finger, required a power requirement that could not be met for such an active state. It was decided to add a power button to the phone. Eventually, the "slide-to-unlock" tool was added to the iPhone to prevent pocket dialing and accidental screen inputs.

Christie revealed that the iPhone project was originally called Project Purple, and the focus of the design was to make the handset so easy to use so that "normal people -- people with better things to do with their lives than learn how a computer might work -- to use the product as well as we can." Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO at the time, was updated on the progress of the iPhone team every two weeks, at one point threatening to give the project to a new team when he wasn't happy with the progress being made.

The five patents that Apple is claiming that Samsung infringed on, include Nos. 5,946,647; 6,847,959; 7,761,414; 8,046,721; and 8,074,172. The '647 patent relates to quick links, while the '959 deals with universal search. Background syncing is the focus of '414 while "slide-to-unlock" revolves around '721. The '127 is about automatic word correction.

The patents that Samsung claims that Apple infringed on include 6,226,449 and 5,579,239. The '449 was purchased by Samsung from Hitachi and deals with camera and folder organization. The '239 patent, also bought by Samsung, covers video transmissions.

Samsung phones and tablets Apple listed in its court filings include the Samsung Admire, Samsung GALAXY Nexus, Samsung GALAXY Note, Samsung GALAXY Note II, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and the Samsung Stratosphere. Samsung's filings include the Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4s, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPad 4, Apple iPad mini, Apple iPod Touch (fifth generation) and the Apple iPod Touch (fourth generation).

Court will be in session each Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and testimony is expected to be heard until April 30th. Once the jury gets the case, they will deliberate everyday until a verdict is reached.


source: CNET, AppleInsider

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105 Comments

106. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

all these patents from apple side is sloving down competiotion im market, and losers from that are people who buy stuff, all the people/. so its good business for them but not so good thing for us. thats one of the reason i prefer any other company.

108. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's part and parcel of the corporatism that has defined America's economy for the last hundred years. Nothing to do with a free market, where the consumer's interest is king, not corporations'.

98. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

The thing I don't get is apples swipe to unlock patent clearly shows that you have to swipe along a specific line. Samsung for a long time have been doing swipe anywhere on the screen to unlock and in any direct so it's completely different so how is this still relevant. Apple just now added with ios 7 swipe to unlock from anywhere.

97. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Both Apple and Samsung are copycats. The problem is, Apple is suing people for what they have copied as theirs. Slide to unlock feature was invented long before apple decided to make a phone.

89. farlaks

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

why people out here try to over smart people from apple/samsung, they are best at what they do and we are mere spectator,no one to decide who is right and who is wrong. Let court decide that.

94. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nice post. However, when the court favors the home company, that in my opinion is WRONG

87. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Why doesn't Apple sue Google rather than Samsung, since sliding to unlock is part of Google's Android, not Samsung's? I know, because Google is not competing with Apple... yet. IOW, patents are merely a means of acting in an anticompetitive way.

84. sumwhatrediculous

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Slide to unlock is a line of code if patent is so weak why not jist change the code and meke it cjeck yo inlock circle to onlock oh slidng is so much easier yo people o see people who are tech savy with yhier first iphone lmao looks complicated as hell from the outside. Seems apple made it hard and called the iphone was user freindly to make it se3m that other phones are ha4de4 to use lmaoand btw I have an iphone its my favorite music player of y3ah thats what it was a music playe4 turned phone lol but ro l9v3 my music lol my note2 is for the rest of my life

76. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

These are all stupid, pointless patents that should not have been patented. It's not like "slide-to-unlock" is something super-innovative that only Apple can use. Let's share the technology!

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I just checked all apple patents. Geez what a garbage. Most of them are too stupid and common. Few of them are innovative, but most of those still havent been used in practical products.

31. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

correct me if i'm wrong? apple's patent are too stupid and common just like in every other smartphones? therefore all smartphones next to apple are garbage?

37. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

According to this man (whatever his name is), I'd say technically, yes

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Most of the patents Nokia, LG, Sony, Samsung and Huawei are more innovative and worthy of a patent than I'd say 85% of Apple's patents. Slide to unlock is the biggest troll act the USPTO passed.

52. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I know you try to hide your hate towards Apple but I think you should do a little reasearch on how patents work especially for a product like the iphone or a car like a ferrarri if you want to look into anything else not related to Apple

59. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think you should stop pretending like you know what you're talking about because it's really sad. More than hat of the users on this site are more informed about technology than you are so get off that high horse of yours, sit down and stay quiet. If we want your comments, we'd ask for it.

64. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"Hat (is it hat or half lol idk) of the people on this site know more about tech than you," wow, you try too hard to turn people against each other, don't you. Let me tell you what's sad junior, it's you working your a** off since last year to get me kicked out of PA and failing dismally. Trying too hard to get greenies while trying to put Samsung up high looking down on any other OEM as you go about it. You try to paint me as pretentious when noone comes close to how pretentious you are, too obsessed with PA you think you own the site well guess what...you don't and it's open. (Oh, I won't forget the classical I'll say I got ipad mini retina so people can respect my negative opines)

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Too bad I do rock a iPad Mini with Retina Display. ;) If I wanted to read essays, I would have jumped back to English 102 in college. Please save me the time and get to the point.

69. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

i thought smurf was a fandriod forever? hmmmm

72. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Right. Way to blow of facts Smurf. Touchè man touchè.

74. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Hi. http://s27.postimg.org/rs14gaser/image.jpg Btw, what are these "facts" you speak of? Because as far as I'm concerned, all I see is nothing but opinions.

60. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apple is a patent troll company even engadget pocketnow bgr gsmarena technobuffalo mac rmours 9to5 knowyourmobile phonedog androidauthority anandtech cnet and every editors and tech blogs know apple are patent troll company which hate innovation and relys on old specs and rip you off with midspec phone with a high price to pay apple makes so much profit that in no history in electronic oems have made so much profits even replacing cracked screens apple made billions, so smart of them to use cheap trash budget screen so it breaks so users can replace it and apple makes profit

71. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

In case you where wondering this is the pointless rant I was talking about.

75. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So all of your comments then?

93. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

However, you hide your disgust for android by hidding under the android inspired name while showing your cloned nature using andrid moniker

65. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

i guest all smartphones have the slide to unlock features?? LOL

23. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

let it go Apple, let it go, just suck it up

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

This is just plain stupid, none of Samsung's patents were developed in-house. At least Christie cleared out one point and that is to make a phone that can be used by normal people- people with better things to do with their lives than learn how a computer might work, I hope this gets through one geek's dense skull at least one...or there needs to be more sticks to blast through.

14. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

And you know this because of ?

26. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Did you even read the article or you just straight up went full retard and just rushed to comment?

70. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You never go full retard.

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