Apple was granted a slew of patents today, among them a few that may help the company keep a grip on its playlist and multiple windows features.
Of the 22 patents -- which included one for patents are for Apple's method of creating and playing playlists, including prioritizing files and random playback.-- two
As Patently Apple points out, this may be a way for Apple to protect its popular iPod/iTunes system from being ripped off by a competitor -- perhaps HTC is looking to make?
Another patent is for viewing multiple application windows. An example of this is how Apple can have hidden windows that you can toggle through, like the icon bar at the bottom of the iPhone showing how many Web pages are open.
Other patents included one for MacBook Pro keyboard keys with a double-diving board spring mechanism, editor for program files, method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems, method and system for managing delivery of communications, embedded access information for DVDs independent of DVD player software, and the assembly of an iPad display.
That's a whirlwind of patents for Apple this month, with the company having just been granted.