• "Slide To Unlock" Patent is Awarded to Apple

    Apple has officially been granted the patent over it's ubiquitous "slide to unlock" feature made famous by it's iPhone back in 2007. The repercussions of such a decision for a seemingly basic function for many smartphones is still unclear. Steve Jobs was so enamoured with the simplicity because it was difficult to accidentally unlock your phone, yet was so easy to do when you wanted. It was only natural for Apple to patent the process.

    Now that they own it, Apple can now "officially" sue any other manufacturer who uses this mechanism to unlock their phones. The biggest target of course is any manufacturer who incorporates the Android OS. With Apple's penchant for intellectual property litigation, one can't be surprised if they decide to follow through.