We sure wish Apple would be a little more up front with their patents- if they just posted the darn things on their site (with explanations of how they'll be incorporated into future products, preferably) it would save us all a lot of time trawling around the USPTO site. Until that glorious day, however, we'll have to continue using our collective detective skills to feed our Apple obsession, as one of our readers did in finding a newly-released patent filing for a touchscreen control-interface. The pictures that Apple submitted look like your basic on-screen keyboard and the application is in the typical indecipherable legalese, so we're not sure what's so innovative here, but perhaps this is tech that will be incorporated into the iTablet and video iPod- should these mythical creatures actually exist.

[Thanks, Armin]

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Apple patents touchscreen control interface