Apple owns information security. For months, every tech journalist on the face of the earth has been stretching and straining and poking around for any tablet rumors they could possibly find. All of that snooping has availed us precisely nothing. Until today, where leaked photos and information seem to be flowing in from all sides.
PatentlyApple has uncovered a whole new batch of approved Apple patent applications. Many of these patents directly reference tablets, and all of them have just launched today. That means we could be looking at what amounts to a feature list for the tablet. These are the patents Jobs wanted kept quiet until the very day of the launch.
First off, we've got a proximity detector for the tablet. It allows your tablet to detect when certain objects are near. One possible application of this technology would be to allow you to control your tablet without ever touching it. It would register your finger proximity on all sides of the tablet, allowing you to control it with more than just the touchscreen.
Another patent references the automatic detection of channel bandwidth. This would turn the tablet into an excellent multimedia conferencing application. In fact, the patent illustrates its uses with a diagram of a video conferencing chain. This is the closest we'll get to pre-launch confirmation that the iTablet has a front-mounted camera.
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The last tablet patent is for a color management system. From the description, it seems to be a way to give artists more control over the way odd shades and colors are rendered in photographs and images. Considering the iTablets supposed niche as an artistic device, this would be a very sensible feature to have. Even though we're not entirely sure yet how it will work.