Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) has secured a US patent for a dynamic technology regarding the graphical user interface used in its operating systems. It will change the “hit region" size or the total area of a virtual keyboard's buttons based on predictive text data. This is done without changing dimensions of the visual keyboard asset.
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It can be demonstrated with a simple example. If you want to spell “ANIMAL”, then you will start with the letter “A” and then continue accordingly. The system will guess what you are trying to spell and increase the size of the next expected key icon. The keyboard will retain its original size instead of representing the next key's larger hit area visually, thereby rendering the system fully invisible to the user.
The entire objective is to let the predictive technology provide people with a smoother and more user-friendly typing experience, which is difficult on a small device. Users get to work in tandem with the enlarged image that can be seen above an iOS keyboard's key when a touch event is recorded.
Apple has stated that it has secured the patent for exactly that purpose as mentioned above – efficiently operating small portable devices while writing texts. Since portable devices or to be precise, portable communication plays a huge rule in our every life in the mode of an SMS, instant messaging or e-mail, the weaknesses and difficulties need to be ironed out as soon as possible.
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The patent voices that the major issue is the size of the portable devices, which proportionately decreases the size of the text input device like a physical or virtual keyboard, in the portable device. The keyboard being size-restricted, it is necessary to make smaller or overload keys. These result in more mistakes while typing and wastage of time while users backtrack to correct them. Over time, this will lead to user dissatisfaction.