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Apple patents “Slide to unlock” and launches online shopping with official retail collection

After several years of trying, Apple managed to patent the “Unlock” gesture that takes up the locked screen of our iOS devices. In addition, we discovered that in San Francisco, the process of buying your product from the online store and being able to pick it up at a physical store has begun. It will soon be extended to the U.S.

Today, as far as Apple is concerned, we have the patent obtained from the ” Slide to unlock that we all run to unlock the screens of the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. On the other hand, in San Francisco they already enjoy the collection of their online purchases in the official physical stores .

Slide to unlock

Apple patents “Slide to unlock” and launches online shopping with official retail collection
Apple patents “Slide to unlock” and launches online shopping with official retail collection

To the long and historical path of patents that Apple offers us, today we can add one more. The famous gesture to “Unlock” the home screen has been patented by the United States Patent Office . This “milestone” is achieved after five years waiting for it, when in 2005 Apple tried to make it theirs for the first time.

We read in 9To5Mac that all the credit for this patent is given to six engineers of the company, and among them we find Scott Forstall , Vice President of the iOS operating system.

Buy online, collect in store

It’s true that this rumour has been circulating on the net for some time, but it’s short lived. After the morning closure of Apple’s online store, we have verified that it is now possible to make purchases through the web and go to the official store to pick up our apple product.

For the moment, MacRumors reports that its premiere has only been in San Francisco and will soon expand to the rest of the United States . Let’s hope that it will soon reach European territory and that we will be able to benefit more than one from this advantageous buying style.

It will be very useful to all those people who work far away from home and whose untimely schedules prevent us from specifying a delivery address where someone is available. We will go to the store, previously specified the stock and day with Apple , to get the purchase made online.

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