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Apple Wins Patent for ‘Slide to Unlock’ Feature

It was in 2007, when Apple’s visionary Steve Jobs introduced company’s first handset in the form of iPhone. It was a big hit and since then enjoying the status of being one of the best smartphones available in the market. The device’s unlocking mechanism was among other several features that gained lot of appreciation. The unlocking mechanism is commonly known as ‘Slide to Unlock’ at present.

iOS Slide to Unlock Patent

Steve Jobs liked the unlocking mechanism as it could be so simple to use. The mechanism is well designed so as to avoid accidently unlock while your phone being in the pocket. This feature was admired by Jobs as well when it was introduced so he didn’t keep himself from filing a patent application for this very mechanism.


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According to PatentlyApple, the Cupertino Company has finally granted the patent for iOS’ ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) among 13 new patents including: ‘Light Sensitive Display Patent’ and ‘Microstrip Cellular Antenna’.

The Senior Vice President of iOS at Apple, Scott Forstall and many other Apple engineers are credited for this amazing invention. Surely, a piece of information I am going to share with you will surprise many of you. Apple filed patent application for this feature far back in December 2005, i.e. almost a year before Apple unveiled its first handset device.

Well, Apple has finally won the patent for its ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature and now can officially track down any company that tries to imitate the technology. Going through the history of Apple’s intellectual property lawsuit, we won’t think any company dare to imitate the technology or at least think twice before implementing any such technology in their devices.

(Image Source: PatentlyApple)

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