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Someone at Apple
doesn’t have Christmas off. Someone from the Cupertino company filed a
patent on Christmas Day for an improved touchscreen for its iPhones.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office got a patent application from
Apple, dated 25 December, for a swipe-gesture system to be used on
touch-screen keyboards. The patent allows a user to "perform certain
functions using swipes across the key area rather than tapping
particular keys," according to the patent application.

The
application said that leftward, rightward, upward
and downward swipes might be assigned to inserting a space,
backspacing, shifting, or inserting a carriage return. It also
describes customisable functions, so that a gestures could delete whole
words,
keyboard switching or input of particular characters.

We could even see the gesture system put in a future firmware update.

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