Apple's multi-touch trackpad patent

Summary:We all know and love the multi-touch interface on iPhone but what about using it on other devices? Multi-touch was rumored to be included in the new iMacs, but that didn't materialize.

Multi-touch MacBooks coming from Apple?

We all know and love the multi-touch interface on iPhone but what about using it on other devices? Multi-touch was rumored to be included in the new iMacs, but that didn't materialize. It has also been suggested that multi-touch could show up in an upcoming refresh of Apple's monitors.

A recent extension to a patent Apple filed in 2004 (thanks Gizmodo) shows that they may extend the technology to their notebook lineup.

If you're paranoid about marring your beautiful glossy screen, fear not fair citizen. This version of multi-touch will allow you to use multiple finger gestures on an extra-wide trackpad, instead of touching the screen.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Legal, Mobility

About

Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.