1. 3D Widgets for Dashboard
A patent that shows the humble beginnings of a total OS revamp?
Imagine a touchscreen 3D iMac that has a fully 3D user interface. You'd have a 3D widget in the shape of a cube which you can rotate, each side showing the weather in a different part of the world. Sounds cool, right? Well this is essentially the base technology behind that, and clearly a step in the right direction.
Apple has built its success on the creation of products that no-one else can match. The best way to see which way the hoards of Cupertino-based tech businesses are heading is to look at the Apple's patents - from the incredible to the downright bizarre. We've picked the best of the bunch here for your reading pleasure...