Steve Jobs dissed the use of styluses on phones and tablets years ago at the introduction of the iPhone. But patents suggest Apple's serious about adding sophisticated stylus skills to future iPads: It looks like it has plans to push its tablets into the graphics pad market.
Apple's got a slew of patents on multitouch technology, but it's just won a bunch more. And guess what? On future iPads and iPhones, gestures are going to get a whole lot funkier—and you may not have to touch the screen.
Apple's winning more patents all the time, but the latest one is fascinating: It's the first patent for solar powered portable devices that's been awarded to the company. Added to the company's other solar patents, it looks like sunny future for Steve Jobs' firm.
Time for your Friday check of Apple rumors. Patents are re-injecting some intrigue into the thoughts about touchscreen iMacs, and potential MagSafe connectors for the iPad could hint that Apple plans wireless syncing at last.
A recently revealed patent suggests Apple has exciting plans for its future iPhones and laptops centering on near-field communications. Soon just popping your iPhone near a MacBook may enable wireless syncing. And that's just the start.