AppleInsider is reporting that a new Apple patent application that was filed in June of 2009, has recently surfaced and shows the company’s interest in new “no-look” multi-touch controls for the sixth (current) generation iPod nano. The current iPod nano has a built in clip so it can be worn during activities, yet it requires […]
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Recently Discovered Patent Shows Apple’s Interest in “No-Look” Controls for iPod nano

AppleInsider is reporting that a new Apple patent application that was filed in June of 2009, has recently surfaced and shows the company’s interest in new “no-look” multi-touch controls for the sixth (current) generation iPod nano.

The current iPod nano has a built in clip so it can be worn during activities, yet it requires the user to look at the display in order to control the device. These new controls would solve that problem.

This figure included in the patent application outlines some of the suggested touch controls for the device:

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Now, to be fair, the patent application itself never once mentions the iPod nano. However, take a look at this new figure that was included in the application, and tell me that that’s not the current generation iPod nano.

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What you’re looking at in this patent application proves that built-in obsolescence exists. You might expect these controls in a software update, but more likely, you can expect them as a part of this fall’s new iPod nano.

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