Here’s another amazing Apple patent to whet your Friday whistle, but this one’s actually going to come true.Apple just filed a patent that would let users exchange data between Apple devices by swiping the onscreen media towards the other device.
Hypothetically, you could also swipe things towards your AppleTV to display them on screen (like the Wii U can do), or you could swipe a web page from your iPhone to your iPad to read it on a bigger screen (like the HP Pre 3 and TouchPad can do).
Each device would use its accelerometer, gyroscope, and perhaps even NFC hardware to determine which other device it will be communicating with. Cool sound effects (like a vaccuum sound) could provide indications that the transfer is taking place, according to the patent. Also, transfers will be animated, to look like the stuff you’re moving is actually moving through the air.
So why is it going to happen?
It makes sense for Apple to expand the amount of ways iOS users can share content, and Apple is all about making things feel “natural.” If anything, the patent could lead to an API developers could utilise for sharing inside of apps and games.
On the other hand, there’s a chance it won’t happen because Apple already has AirPlay in place. It could expand AirPlay to not just include AppleTV’s, but to include other iOS devices in the vicinity. It wouldn’t be as fun as swiping an image towards your friend, but it would work.
See below for an illustration of how it could work.
Photo: via Patently Apple