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Re: Apple Now Owns the Page Turn
Ridiculous Apple granted patent for artificially turning book pages
The U.S. Patent Office recently granted Apple a patent for the functionality of turning a page on an e-reader application.
Thats right, you read that correctly. Apple now owns digital page turning, aka patent D670713, which is officially titled Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface. Theoretically, this means Apple can now wage a legal war against companies that make apps that compete with iBooks, such as Google Books.
Apple, which filed the patent application nearly a year ago, claimed that its own page turning animation was unique to other e-reader applications. Apples page turning mimics how youd turn a physical page from the edge of the paper, slowly pulling it back to see the following page. By contrast, the e-reader application from Google mimics turning by pressing your finger in the middle of the page to advance to the following page. Personally, I like Googles method better, but I at least see the contrast.
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