May 6, 2014
There is much to love about the touch screens on Apple’s iOS devices. Unfortunately, pocket dialing and other accidental inputs still occur. This could change thanks to a new Apple invention. Entitled “Configurable Buttons for Electronic Devices,” Apple’s invention describes a physical button that has a touch sensor that could detect when a user’s finger is touching it. In doing so, the screen could prevent accidental presses. This type of invention would obviously benefit iPhone and iPad users, and possible “iWatch” users. The iPhone 5s already includes the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, so it’s entirely possible the invention could be incorporated here. As someone who often makes butt calls, I can’t wait. U.S. Patent No. 8,717,199 is credited to inventors John Benjamin Filson, Stephen Brian Lynch, Emery Sanford, and Pinida Jan Moolsintong. It was first filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in June 2013. See also: Apple's Next iPad Smart Case Could Come With A Detached Keyboard , and Are Gesture-Based Unlocking Tools Coming To Apple's iOS?