Apple granted patents covering push-to-talk and new slide-to-unlock features

By Justin Kahn ยท 19 replies
Apr 8, 2014
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  1. Apple was granted a large cache of patents earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office, one of which points at the company possibly being interested in push-to-talk technology.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,960

    Ready to puke whenever I hear about Apple or Google being granted yet another patent. Those companies hold way in excess of 30,000 patents between them, so whoever thinks this makes a news worth writing about should get another job.

    The technology is whoever worth covering ;)
    MikeAcker, H3llion and wastedkill like this.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The push to talk is interesting. It will allow the iPhone to reach new markets/niches.
  4. Would love PUSH-TO-TALK implemented in iMessage
  5. HellcatM

    HellcatM TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Really? Push to talk has been around for years on other platforms. Nextel, Sprint and other carriers added this. apple just stole another patent.

    Slide to unlock? Didn't they already have this? Haven't they been suing over this bogus patent? If they didn't have it the judge should drop that out of the law suite and why is this even patentable? What is apple going to patent next, holding your phone up to your ear to talk? Then they'll sue Samsung for that one too.
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  6. To Hellcat, you are over simplifiying what it is that the patent is on. Its NOT on simply "slide-to-unlock", its the process on how its done. You can go make a slide to unlock system, but can't use apple code.
  7. HellcatM

    HellcatM TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Samsung's code isn't the same. Their code says to slide from left to right to open and right to left for camera. Its part of the same code. So if apple would have made after the fact slide right to left to start camera Samsung would have been able to sue them? I think they're just fishing. apples biggest scheme is to put any and all Android manufacturers out of business so they don't have to compete. That is what this is about. If apple didn't feel threatened by Samsung or HTC they wouldn't have used. They even said that they're suing because Samsung took possible business away from them. Ok, so that's business, when someone makes something someone else wants they the consumer buys it. apple motto should be "if you can't beat them sue them".

    Also if it weren't for Samsung (their screens, ram and processors) the iphone may have been delayed for a while. Also Samsung pushed apple to develop their own processors (but they still use other companies RAM and screens) so Samsung pushed apple to do something on their own.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I had a phone back in 2001, Nextel I guess, was a motorola phone that had PTT. It was pretty cool, but then the industry abandoned it. I'm sure there is some reason for that..

    I didn't rtfa, but I don't think you did either, because since it existed a long time ago, it should have already been patented. So surely what Apple patented is different than what existed over a decade ago, if it isn't different, then shame on Nextel for not doing it back then.
  9. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Apple granted more patents.... Like others, I thought this tech was introduced years ago. I wonder what variation of PTT Apple patented.
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  10. HellcatM

    HellcatM TS Rookie Posts: 35

    After Nextels push to talk Sprint came out with another version of it. They still use it today, though I think now its pure software based...they call it direct connect now.
  11. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Apple stealing yet more technology :/ Why do apple get granted soo many patents its like the patent office has no life what so ever and has no real understanding of anything I bet you could be awarded a patent for breathing and taking a dump they are that stupid.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I'll assume what you probably mean't to say it will allow iPhone to reach deeper into your back pocket.
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  13. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    That is a good point. It is already in common convention, and could be considered "obvious" and a product already invented, both in terms of software AND hardware (think padlocks)

    Getting the patent is a disgrace, and I have no clue why the US Patents office is not account to liability and a complaints commission, similar to many organisations in place in the UK to prevent such actions from organisations that hold large amounts of power.
  14. MikeAcker

    MikeAcker TS Enthusiast Posts: 33

    push to talk has been around since the days of CB radion and slide to unlock was used on the shed door back in 1856 fac
  15. Typical Apple users...excited about technology that's been around for years. There are multiple apps that do the exact same thing. The iPhone now is not much different from the iPhone 5 years ago.
  16. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    Haha that was beautiful! I can just see Apple's lawyers showing up at every farm soon suing them for sliding open their doors cause its their patent.

    These patents getting handed out on things that everyone already uses and exists in multiple forms on other platforms is totally stupid.
  17. Push-To-Talk was already invented before iPhone invented..even before Symbian invented. Back then, I always used this feature (called PTT) on my cell phone (yeah, a feature phone), so I'm using my cell phone just like walkie talkie.. And now apple is getting this patent???
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    You know me well ;).
  19. A patent is designed to protect novelle intellectual property so as to allow the developer opportunity to recoup development and commercialisation costs.

    As other posts I remember an early Nokia hand set offering PTT as a built in feature - reason it is not common globally is that it was not a feature widely deployed.

    The technology is not novelle merely an iteration of widely available public knowledge so any one up for guessing when this will arrive in a California court to the further detriment of consumers?

    At least someone saw sense when Google tried to trade mark the single word "Glass"
  20. They will attempt to patent "the Apple way to hold the phone", after all wasn't their initial response to complaints after the release of one model of an iphone "your holding it wrong"

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