Apple‘s next Mac computer could be controlled with hand gestures.
The tech firm has been granted a patent originally filed back in August 2016 describing a ‘non-tactile three dimensional user interface’ which will allow customers to control their device without touching the screen.
Part of the patent reads: ‘Gestures described herein include focus gestures and unlock gestures. A focus gesture enables the user to engage (i.e., take control of) an inactive non-tactile 3D user interface.
‘An unlock gesture enables the user to engage a locked non-tactile 3D user interface, as pressing a specific sequence of keys unlocks a locked cellular phone. In some embodiments, the non-tactile 3D user interface conveys visual feedback to the user performing the focus and the unlock gestures.
‘Examples of unlock gestures include an “up” gesture (e.g., raising hand 30 a specified distance), a sequence of two sequential wave gestures, and a sequence of two sequential push gestures, as described in detail hereinbelow.’
The 3D interface is not new to Apple. But granting this patent allows Apple to unlock virtual buttons and streamline elements of the user interface.
Meanwhile, Apple fans are struggling to contend with the latest iOS 11 problem.
Some customers have suggested that their phone automatically changes the word ‘it to ‘I.T’, which is a rather old-fashioned acronym for ‘information technology’.
Others claimed the word ‘is’ gets changed to ‘I.S’, which we assume refers to the Islamic State. A few people have been grumbling about the alleged issue on Twitter.