Back in 2007, when the iPhone was first released, Steve Jobs had a blast showing off the company’s first handset. He particularly was proud of the phone’s unlocking mechanism, which is now known as the Slide to Unlock. He loved the fact that the users could unlock their phones so easily, all while it could not be unlocked while in a bag or a pocket.
He wanted to make sure that no one else will have the same feature on their phones, and so Apple filed a patent application.
PatentlyApple revealed earlier today that along side other patents that have been granted to Apple was granted a patents for their “Slide to Unlock” feature. One other patents that was mentioned was the “A Light Sentive Display Patent”.
Scott Forstall, Senior VP of iOS, along with other engineers are credited for this invention. What we find interesting is that this patent was submitted at the end of 2005 a little over a year before the first iPhone was released.
To conclude, Apple now has the patent and could go after anyone who tried to use this technology outside of Apple.