Back on October 25th after six years of waiting Apple was granted the patent for “slide to unlock”. The patent number 7657849 was submitted by Apple back in December of 2005 and finally approved, six years later.
When Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone he said:
“To unlock the phone, I just take my finger and slide it across. Wanna see that again? We wanted something you couldn’t do by accident in your pocket. Just slide it across –
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As Android enthusiasts we tend to think that Android originated the slide to unlock, which seem to be growing a little different with each new Android release. However, with the patent victory in Apple’s hands it seems that Google is trying to differentiate itself from the iPhone’s slide to unlock.
The diagram of the new unlock screen shows different functions like calls and SMS messages, when you receive a new alert you drag the icon down to unlock the screen. Perhaps the vertical unlocking mechanism, coupled with the function unlocking mechanism will be recognized as totally different, or at least different enough from the Apple patent.
Currently, Apple’s iPhones still unlock with a simple swipe from right to left. On the newest iPhones you can unlock the phone in camera mode only but that’s not with a swipe, rather the press of a button.