Apple patents 'Camera-based Swipe Controls for iPhone'

With a new iPhone expected to debut this summer, a new Apple's phone-related patent unveiled that turns the iPhone's camera into a swipe pad. The technology described in the patent, dug up by the diligent folks at Patently Apple, would allow an iPhone user to fast forward and rewind through voicemails, navigate web pages, or […]

With a new iPhone expected to debut this summer, a new Apple's phone-related patent unveiled that turns the iPhone's camera into a swipe pad. The technology described in the patent, dug up by the diligent folks at Patently Apple, would allow an iPhone user to fast forward and rewind through voicemails, navigate web pages, or scroll through contact lists and iTunes simply by swiping one finger against the iPhone's camera. The proposed controls would also be tap sensitive, meaning that you can access different phone or UI functions simply by tapping the camera with your forefinger. Theoretically, all of these controls would also apply to the iPad... should it ever, you know, get a camera.

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