Patently Apple has discovered a number of multitouch related Apple patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The patents reveal that Apple Engineers are trying to simplify multitouch gestures to make them more intuitive and easier to remember.
Patently Apple explains:
Apple’s patent introduces us to mid-drag gestures, microgestures within gestures, and other gesture modification motions performed contiguously within an overall gesture (i.e., without losing contact with the touch-sensitive input surface during the gesture) to provide intuitive ways to interact with a user interface for varying purposes, such as modifying user interface behaviors, changing optionally displayed items, etc.
Apple states that the use of mid-drag gestures reduces the cognitive burden on a user, thereby creating a more efficient human-machine interface. For battery-operated computing devices, enabling a user to use mid-drag gestures allows for faster and more efficient use of user interfaces, thereby conserving power and increasing the time between battery charges.
You can checkout some of the proposed gestures:
It will be interesting to see how these gestures will be used as we couldn’t figure it out from the image above.
Multitouch gestures are quite popular with iOS device users as we’ve seen users installing jailbreak tweaks like MT Gestures that enable the five and four finger multitouch gestures in iOS 4.3, which is officially available only to developers.
Will we see these multitouch gestures in iOS 5?
[via Patently Apple]