June 22, 2011

Apple Awarded A Patent On Multi-Touch Interface [11:25 am]

Wonder what the other capacitative display smartphones/tablets are going to do about this? From Patent 7,966,578:

Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content

Abstract

A computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display. An N-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display. In response, the page content, including the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page, is translated to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display. An M-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N. In response, the frame content is translated to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page.

Filed: December 19, 2007; awarded June 21, 2011. Via Patently Apple

As a side note, the specificity of claims is quite a hoot to read, particularly the “M” and “N” specifics:

What is claimed is:

  1. A method, comprising: at a portable multifunction device with one or more processors, memory, and a touch screen display; displaying a portion of web page content in a stationary application window on the touch screen display, wherein [...].

  2. A method, comprising: at a portable multifunction device with one or more processors, memory, and a touch screen display: displaying a portion of page content in a stationary application window on the touch screen display, wherein the portion of page content includes: a frame displaying a portion of frame content, and other content of the page; detecting an N-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display; in response to detecting the N-finger translation gesture, translating the page content to display a new portion of page content in the stationary application window, on the touch screen display, wherein translating the page content includes simultaneously translating the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page; detecting an M-finger translation gesture on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N; and in response to detecting the M-finger translation gesture, translating the frame content in the stationary application window, to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display without translating the other content of the page.

  3. The method of claim 2, where N is equal to 1 and M is equal to 2.

  4. The method of claim 2, wherein the page content is web page content.

  5. [...]

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