Patent application filed by Apple for the Digital Crown shows it being used on the iPad

Patent application filed by Apple for the Digital Crown shows it being used on the iPad
Apple has already taken the force touch feature from the Apple Watch and turned it into 3D Touch for the iPhone. Now, it appears that Apple might be borrowing from its smartwatch once again for a future new feature for the iPhone and iPod. The Digital Crown found on the side of the timepiece has certain functions on the watch. Now, it is the subject of a patent application made by Apple that shows it being used by another device than the tech titan's smartwatch.

The Digital Crown on the Apple Watch, can be used for zooming, scrolling and can return you to the home screen. On the iPhone or iPad, it can be used to raise or lower volume, resize text, lock the touchscreen or to take a photograph. The patent application adds, "In some examples, the device may not have a border region and may instead have a surface composed only of touch screen." This appears to be quite timely since there is speculation that the 2017 Apple iPhone will feature an edge-to-edge screen with no bezels for a home button.

Early speculation has a Touch ID button embedded in the screen on the 2017 iPhone, but a Digital Crown might be a less complicated solution for Apple. We do need to point out that the patent application was filed in the first quarter of 2014, which does make it unlikely that it was filed with the 2017 iPhone in mind. Still, we could be on the verge of a major design change for next year's handset and the Digital Crown could be a useful tool.


via PatentlyApple

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27 Comments

1. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Have fun with that in your bag lol. I have two friends with an apple watch. 1 isn't using it anymore. 2 is rarely touch it on his wrist and guess what, I think the crown is about to get rusted.

14. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Rusted? Is he swimming with the watch on?

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Another patent! I'm eager to see which OEM will be the first to get sued by Apple over this iNovation. Lulzt

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Patents all around apple!! Still getting overpriced s**t!!! . So unfair apple fanboys!

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Ground breaking innovation...jaw dropping creativity...... plus $200 for that digital crown....

5. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

That's pretty neat, I'd like that as a replacement for the home button and volume rocker. It'd be very cool if it's implemented well. But damn, so many trolls. Not as bad as BGR though, we can agree on that.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It would be awesome if it was also like mini joystick Would make mobile gaming so much easier to control

9. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Haha, maybe a bit far there. I could see it being used for scrolling as well, but I think too many people would find a way to break it. Anyway where'd you put the damn thing for a comfortable gaming grip? It'd be cool though.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, its a pipeline dream I wish they would at least release somthing official, so all devs have something to build around

13. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Well hopefully the 2017 iPhone will have a Digital Crown, it'll be great if they want a waterproof device.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

There's no way to use Digit Crown for gaming. At least, not on it's current state.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5654; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, I meant if they totally redesigned it to be like a mini joystick Which probably isn't possible at the moment, it was just a suggestion

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

without bezels... bezeless.. yeah keep dreaming.. you already drown in apple's brainwash with all those useless imaginary renders and baseless hardware rumors..

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wait, they've spent all that time convincing people about 3d touch and not needing buttons other then home, and now they add a new one? well..ok.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A new version of the Etch-A-Sketch. Apple is really put of ideas. I can already zooming in with my fingers. Why would I want wheels for this. Why not put wheels at all 4 cor erst and let this piece of. Rap roll to the nearest garbage dump

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple does the others follow.

20. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Apple hasn't innovated in years and Apple doesn't have to anymore. They just have to copy the most successful trends from others and sell it to their loyal fans at a ridiculous markup. Techies will point out how others did "X" first, but none of this will matter to the masses who have drank the Koolaid. The stock response will be "but Apple does it better". Dumbass Apple fanboy.

21. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Yeah, isn't it amazing how Apple never innovates and copies everyone else, and yet makes billions and billions of dollars? How do they do that? Is it that their tens-of-millions of customers are stupid sheep? Must be frustrating for Samsung, Google, et al that they are superior companies with superior products and yet Apple makes way more money. Dumbass fool.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not since about 2010. Since then, Apple has been following the competition like a groupie.

25. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Creating iPhone and iPad is enough for more than 100 years.

17. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I wonder what the sales figures are for the Gear S2.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wonder what the sales figures are for Justin Bieber? I wonder what the sales figures are for Hyundai Elantra? Sales figures have very little to do with innovation or quality.

24. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Apple must be doing something correctly if the Apple Watch sells a lot more than the Gear S2 or any android wear watch. Just sayin'...

18. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

How is it possible to patent something that has been on watches forever. Pathetic patent troll.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its USPTO.. you can patent everything as long as you have money for it

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Too awkwardly positioned to be gaming joysticks, and the toyPad Air would have to be thicker to contain that neatly...if history is anything to go by, I can imagine apple using it to stupidly restrict a new quick drawing commands menu to a new toyPad XL, even though software could easily provide that on older hardware.

27. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

i think Sony Ericson P900 have the wheel at side also. same usage.

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