Apple has been granted patents for screen rotation feature found in all its iOS devices as well as three design related patents for iPad 2, reports Patently Apple via The US Patent and Trademark Office who published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple today.
The report details that Apple lost its bid to nix a patent troll’s screen rotation suit last week, which used a patent that focused on a desktop display that could physically change the orientation the screen from landscape to portrait, something the iMac doesn’t do. However, iPhones, iPod and iPads do change rotation but it uses a completely different approach. With this patent win, Apple is now off to battle the troll, notes the source.
Apple has received a Granted Patent that generally relates to devices with touch-screen displays, and more particularly to scrolling lists and to translating, rotating, and scaling electronic documents on devices with touch-screen displays.
Technically speaking, in the method, a multifinger twisting gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display. The multifinger twisting gesture has a corresponding degree of rotation. A 90 degree screen-rotation command is executed if the corresponding degree of rotation exceeds a predefined degree of rotation.
Furthermore, Apple has also been awarded 3 design patents related to iPad 2 design today, including the iPad 2 cellular design, the original iPad cover and the animation of an iBook turning a page.