Apple patent filing suggests tablet format may be coming | Technology | guardian.co.uk

A new patent filing by Apple holds hints of a “tablet” computer that the company is widely expected to release early next year at the urging of record companies and book publishers.The filing – released on the US Patent Office website on Thursday – describes an “ink manager” which receives “ink information entered at a pen-based input/display device” and turns them into “strokes” which are passed to a handwriting recognition system.That suggests a pen-based device – rather like Apple's unsuccessful version of the 1990s, the Newton – but which is sensitive to handwriting-style entry.That, in turn, may point to a computer with a normal-sized screen but which dispenses with the standard keyboard, and instead takes its input by direct contact with the screen.

There has been increasing expectation that Apple will release a “tablet” style device for use in the home which will let people control other devices such as music, or see album covers in greater detail on a larger screen.

Record labels are understood to have lobbied Apple to build such a device as a method to boost music sales, to both sides’ benefit because it would boost sales of the devices and of digital downloads.

via Apple patent filing suggests tablet format may be coming | Technology | guardian.co.uk.

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