Touch-Sensitive Bezel May Mean Multitasking In iPad’s Future?

One of the biggest disappointments with the iPad was the fact that it didn’t have the ability for multitasking, even though it has more than enough computing power. An Apple patent just released in the US could now potentially make that possible. The patent is for a touch-sensitive bezel around the edge of the display that would be used for a similar functionality to hot corners, with certain areas on the bezel being assigned different tasks. One of the tasks such a bezel might be especially useful for is managing multiple apps running at the same time.

An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control. The device can have a sensor for determining the orientation of the device. Based on the orientation, the device can alter the areas designated on the bezel for the controls and can alter the location of the visual guides for the display so that they match the altered areas on the bezel.

[via Patently Apple]


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