Apple Recap: iPads of the Future, App Rankings, and a Google Steal
Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)began the week with some momentum. The iPhone maker’s stock closed up $1.95, or 0.39 percent, at $502.97 on Monday. Here’s a cheat sheet to today’s top Apple stories:
Here Is the 3D Future of Apple’s iPad
Minority Report-style gesture controls may soon become a reality for iPad users. Apple has recently been granted a patent that outlines a method for creating and manipulating 3D objects by using a touchscreen interface, reports Patently Apple. In a patent that is appropriately titled “Working with 3D objects,” Apple describes how the revolutionary user interface would operate. First, a user creates a standard two-dimensional object. Then, using “a 3D gesture input that includes a movement in proximity to a surface,” the user generates a three-dimensional object.
Essentially, Apple is using the space above the touchscreen as an additional input control. After touching various points on an iPad screen, a user can “lift” a virtual three-dimensional object off the touchscreen and manipulate it… (Read more.)