The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Apple on Tuesday granted a patent, the patent "slide to unlock" gesture.
Apple pioneered the "slide to unlock" feature in the first generation of the iPhone, this function is to ensure that the device does not appear in the user's pocket misuse. Today, "slide to unlock" touchscreen phone (flip catalog software) is widely used. Steve Jobs conference held in January 2007, has said, "To unlock the phone, I just use your finger across the screen. Want to see that again? We want the device in your pocket does not appear to misuse and simply across the screen. "
The inventor of the "slide to unlock" patent iOS platform including director of Scott Forstall, Apple engineers Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording, Freddy Allen Anzures, Marcel Van Os, Stephen O. Lemay and Greg Christie. In fact, Apple as early as December 2005 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office application for the patent, this time from 2007 at the Macworld Expo, Apple introduced the iPhone apart more than a year's time. Of course, the time of the Apple Developer iPhone than the "slide to unlock" (pdf to flip book maker) patent application before more than a year.
Slide to unlock feature in Apple patent, other companies can’t does not infringe Apple's patents. Apple patent is described as follows: "a device with a touch screen, by the gesture performed on the touch screen to unlock if the screen matches the predefined unlock gesture, the device can be unlocked. Device displays one or more unlock image, in order to help users perform predefined gestures, which unlock the device. The predefined gesture performed according to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location, or moving the unlock image to a predefined path. Device can predefine gestures on the touch screen display of the virtual trajectory, in order to remind the user to this gesture. Additionally, it is necessary to provide tactile feedback to the user, in order to meet the required input by the user is exchanged occur conditions. "