If you’re a fan of Apple’s 3D-visual “cover flow” method of browsing computer files, then you might be happy to know that a US patent was published for a similar method of browsing social network contacts on an iPhone. The coverflow ability already exists for viewing album covers in iTunes on all platforms, including iPhones and iPod Touches. It also exists on Mac computers in the Finder app, for viewing documents, images, and videos.
The title and abstract in the patent filing are very generic-sounding, however the diagrams and Patently Apple’s interpretation suggest that the interface described is a “social cover flow” ability for mobile devices — presumably including iPad, as well as the suggested iPhone and iPod Touch (as per the patent diagrams).
5 Uses of the ‘Social Cover Flow’ Patent
The following ideas are speculation based on the patent diagrams and description, as well as Patently Apple’s input.