The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple a patent that covers a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface” for the iOS Maps application. US Patent No. 8,302,033 describes features in iOS Maps including an easy-to-use UI that did away with pushbuttons and complex menu systems. It also describes functions like push pin-style bookmarking that is used to mark locations, the use of a pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom in on a map and cellular connectivity to deliver map data on the fly.
Apple’s Maps application has been widely criticized after Apple recently switched away from Google to its own mapping solution. The new iOS 6 Maps app is not as detailed as previous Google-backed Maps and, in some cases, is ridiculously wrong. The controversy over Apple’s Map application expanded beyond upset customers and allegedly led to the removal of iOS software head Scott Forstall.
[Via Apple Insider]
Apple receives patent rights for original iOS Maps app GUI originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.