Touch screens on mobile devices aren't nearly as fascinating today as they were 4 years ago. They've pretty much become ubiquitous in our daily lives. So for me to sit here and say that there is some major news breaking today regarding touch screens would be a pretty bold claim. But it is a claim that I intend to fully back up.
I'll start with the biggest news of all. Today, Apple was granted a patent that they filed three years ago regarding how a user navigates a capacitive touch screen. Capacitive touch screens comprise pretty much every touch screen in every mobile device on the market right now.
The patent covers multi-touch functionality and is written with enough broad language so that it can be interpreted to cover virtually any mobile device from phones to tablets to mp3 players.
This is very good news for Apple and very bad news for everyone else. Should apple choose to flex their muscle (and there is no reason to think that they won't), they can basically use this patent to force other manufacturers to develop a new touch screen technology or pay Apple a boatload of money for the right to include capacitive touch screens in their devices.
Those costs would most likely be passed along to you and me, the consumers.
Posted by David Yi, Social Media and SEO Assistant at Wireless Emporium