A second patent proposes the use of motion-based gestures to invoke specific commands rather than relying on on-screen buttons. Apple already supports this to some degree – users can shuffle songs on the iPhone by shaking it, for example – but the patent details a more advanced system where additional uses of onscreen buttons or bezel touch detection could prevent accidental gesturing.
Aside from these motion and gesture-detecting technologies, the patent diagram also reveals a front-facing camera, which has sparked speculation that Apple might be adding videoconferencing capabilities to its smartphone. The first and second-generation iPhone don’t include video recording at all, at least not officially, but the feature is rumored to be coming out this summer with an updated device.
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