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Apple filing shows touch-sensitive bezel on iPod-like device


Another Apple patent application detailing a next-generation, multi-function handheld device has surfaced. The patent—titled “Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control”—describes and shows a full-screen, iPod-like device that incorporates touch-sensitive areas on its bezel around the screen. The areas would allow users to make selections and operate the device without the need for a touch-screen interface.

From Apple’s patent application:

An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control.

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Anyone else thing this is a bad idea? I have problems with my 3G iPod’s response to buttons…Now they want to do a whole bezel like that….Hmmm..

Posted by Cameron T. on October 26, 2006 at 8:25 PM (CDT)


Im not saying this patent is good or bad or anything, but i really dont see the resemblance to the ipod, at all. its totally different, it doesnt have the classic “ipod” feel, ya know? neways, just my 2 cents.

Posted by QWER on October 26, 2006 at 11:12 PM (CDT)


Like many have said before, just becuase it is patented does not mean it’ll make it to the shelves. I’d much rather keep going with current generation looking iPods. If another type of “iPod” is released by Apple it should be in cohorts with the 5.5 Gen iPod. Apple has a nasty way of replacing products right after release. If Apple does release a full-blown “video ipod” it shouldn’t be considered an iPod. They need to make a video player w/ extra features, not an iPod with video features. That way other operations wont effect functionality. It will be made to play videos. The iPod Video is made to play music with a side order of vids.

Posted by ddsd on October 27, 2006 at 12:38 AM (CDT)


How would you grab the thing to pull it out of your pocket mid-song without hitting a button? Since the bezel is the part you grab when you want to pick it up, you wouldn’t be able to handle it without making it go haywire. I have to agree with “Patents are not products” on this one - the product in this picture will prolly never be found on store shelves.

Posted by Laer on October 27, 2006 at 1:32 AM (CDT)


I think you should all just stop worrting and get on with your lives.  Who cares that a patent has been filed, I could have filed a patent for a baseball cap with an in built flip down tv screen, but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna make it!

Just wait until Apple actually bring something out.  Then and only then, should you all start saying how good or bad an idea it is!

All this worry and stress for what is basically just a drawing can’t be good for all your fat, cholesterol filled Yankie arteries !

Thank you and good-night…

Posted by bored of Apple on October 27, 2006 at 4:17 AM (CDT)


Laer…iPods have hold buttons for a reason.

Posted by justblaize on October 27, 2006 at 1:17 PM (CDT)


I have to agree w/ Laer on this one.  Justblaize, what good does a touch bezel do if it becomes a three step process every time you want to use one of the functions, i.e., unlock the hold button, touch the correct part of the bezel, lock the hold button to avoid unwanted changes.  Seems to me that would be a couple of steps back from the current click wheel.

Posted by jess on October 28, 2006 at 9:10 PM (CDT)


TO FahrenheiPod 451

You said “It is implementation and execution that have consistently made Apple what it is” above.

tell me, do you mean the implemtentation and execution like windows version of Itunes 7?

Posted by Monkey in the Closet on October 29, 2006 at 7:58 PM (CST)


“Seems to me that would be a couple of steps back from the current click wheel.”

Yes, because the current iPod doesn’t have a hold button.

Unless you hold your iPod all the time, taking your iPod out of your pocket/purse or taking it of your belt clip takes more time than it does to switch the hold button. Why don’t we just eliminate the problem by making iPods built into our hands?


Posted by jess on October 29, 2006 at 8:34 PM (CST)


Hmmm…not sure I like this for portable use, but it DOES seem to make the UI more like traditional component audio/video rather than burying functions in branches of a hierarchial menu system. Well, until Apple actually implements this concept in a real product, it’s all just a lot of vaporware.

Posted by flatline response on October 31, 2006 at 5:17 AM (CST)


Awful idea…if I can’t hold and control the iPod easily with one hand, as I can now, I’ll start looking for something else.

Posted by Dan on October 31, 2006 at 9:59 AM (CST)


can i change the sensitivity of my ipod touch?

Posted by annonymous on September 24, 2007 at 9:38 AM (CDT)

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