IPhone's new patent application
The most interesting Hardware part is a GPS receiver and a camera for video conferencing.
On a software level, Apple describes addition of a text messaging (chat), in-line multimedia content (Quicktime and Flash) in the Safari browser. Further welcome additions described in the publication would include a dedicated blogging client, Java software downloads, MMS picture and video messaging, support for voice-activated commands, audio capture, video conferencing and more.
“Examples of other applications 136 that may be stored in memory 102 include other word processing applications, JAVA-enabled applications, encryption, digital rights management, voice recognition, and voice replication. ”
It sounds like Apple wants Java to be on the IPhone
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I wouldn't be too sure. Apple is filing a patent, and patent applications tend to list possible realizations of the patent to establish the scope of the patent. Hence when they list flash, windows media, and Java it is not a commitment to do those, but they are saying to the patent examiner "Hey, you could also do it this way and it would be covered under the patent."
So when you go to court an alleged infringer cannot say "But it's not a relevant patent, we use flash instead of Cocca!" the litigant can say "oh yes it does infringe, in fact the patent spells that scenario out!" But this is not required, just makes the case easier. Especially with such low hanging fruit as flash and java as plug-ins.
IANAL, but I did stay at a holiday inn last night. Well, not really, but since I am not a lawyer I can mis-represent facts like where I stayed last night without risk of disbarment. Unless I am mis-representing that I mis-represented something. Why did I choose to not go to law school again?
5 Jun 08 at 9:45 pm
I absolutely agree with you. This patent just shows that Apple virtually thinks of such possibility - running Java on the IPhone. And this fact itself is quite good.
9 Jun 08 at 3:52 pm