Originally Posted by SectorNine50
Oh my god, this has already been invented AND implemented, how on EARTH did they get a patent for it?! It has been around for DECADES.
Anyone heard of a touch screen keyboard? Someone else had already designed the "raised touchscreen" part too.
God Apple is such horse... poo...
One form of a keyless keyboard has been made--that doesn't preclude someone from patenting a different type of keyless keyboard. If they designed a different one that operates on very different principles of input-interpretation, it's a completely different type of tech and entitled to a patent.
I grow tired of having to sift through "apple patents this," but what's worse is the ignorant responses people have, partially because of apple-hate, and partially because they have no idea how the (arguably broken) patent system is supposed to function.
Just because one form of something existed and was patented doesn't mean that a similar form can't also be an entirely different patent. You could patent the design/use of a three-legged chair, and it would be perfectly acceptable for someone else to patent the design/use of a four-legged chair because they're arguably different. Same thing holds true for this. It's not the same as other "keyless" keyboards. Disagreement with the patent system aside, it's significantly different (apparently).