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Apple patent suggests wireless transfers for iPhones, iPods

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An Apple patent application has recently been uncovered that suggests possible wireless sharing capabilities for the iPod and iPhone. The application, from September 1, 2006, addresses methods for mobile devices to discover others in the vicinity, and wirelessly transmit and share files such as video, music, games, photos, playlists, and slideshows. The patent also mentions restrictions for media that may have “limited-use rights.” The application assumes wireless capabilities for the devices, stating, ““however, as portable electronic devices become more versatile and more interactive, it is advantageous to exchange (send and/or receive) media or other types of data with other electronic devices in a wireless manner.”

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1

Stealing from the Zune, eh?

Posted by ort on July 12, 2007 at 1:24 PM (PDT)

2

Yeah but instead of crappy Zune i bet Apple won’t pack EVERY freakin transfer into a DRM-Box.
Can’t wait till this feature comes to iPod! smile

Posted by Manuel Grabowski on July 12, 2007 at 1:38 PM (PDT)

3

While I wish I could afford an iPhone I would probably buy an iPod that ran OS X like the iPhone, had all the programs, wi-fi capable like the iPhone….just without the phone.

Posted by Randy Smith on July 12, 2007 at 1:42 PM (PDT)

4

ort:

Actually, the Zune was released after this patent application was filed.

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 12, 2007 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

5

sweet,... very sweet…. can u imagine the power it has? wireless transfer to different apple products and who knows maybe even wireless transfer to a vehicile headunit. .. sweet .. u just gotta love apple.

Isn’t it funny,.. i barely see any zune advertisment anymore… wink

Posted by dennis on July 13, 2007 at 4:18 AM (PDT)

6

randy…i was just saying the same thing last night.  essentially, an iphone w/o phone…you’d download itunes directly to your ipod when in wifi zone, and sync it *back* to your computer next time you’re available. 

You could also have ‘anytime wireless sync’ enabled, so whenever you’re in range of your home computer, your ipod will sync with your home itunes. And, as dennis said, transmitting to local bt-enabled speakers/headunits.

Yeah…I’m diggin’ it.

Posted by OnlyShawn on July 13, 2007 at 8:01 AM (PDT)

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