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Apple Multitouch Patent Is All About Ux Lock-In


Apple notched a significant win last week when it was awarded a key patent related to basic multitouch functionality. The patent was first called "hugely problematic" for other smartphone makers, owing to its "incredibly broad" scope, by PC Magazine, but most now agree that the initial response overstated things a little. Even so, the patent provides a key advantage when it comes to touchscreen mobile computing, one that may present real and much bigger headaches for the competition.

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