Patents – where the rumormill gets its power. That’s right, we have some more patents to talk about, and these ones look pretty awesome actually. The first of the bunch involves the lockscreen, aka one of the most criticized parts of iOS. What this patents shows is a possible way to access applications directly from the lockscreen. What?! That’s right, Apple has patented a way to access applications from the lockscreen. Something Apple has needed for quite sometime, and many other systems offer already. The way that this looks to work, is you would scroll the “slide to unlock” up to reveal hidden app lists below. It’s unknown if these would be customizable, however one would hope so.
Another part of this patent, as you can see above, shows almost like a dragging coming from the home button. This leads to speculation that the home button would have to have touch capability, and maybe even be the mythical capacitive home button that has been rumored for what seems like forever now. As you can see in the above picture from Patently Apple, it appears that you would do some sort of swipe up gesture from the home button to reveal a specific list of applications. It is quite an interesting set of patents, and is sure to start up the rumormill. Don’t be surprised if you see “iOS 7 to bring lockscreen app access” in the headlines soon.
What do you think? Would you like to see this in iOS? Do you like the idea or is iOS good now? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.