Time for another peek into the Apple patent
catalog for some gool ol' speculation into that mysterious product pipeline which Steve Jobs called the "best I've ever seen in my
life." This time, a patent titled "reservation of digital media items" filed waaay back in December
2004 (but only published this week on the USPTO website) has broken free. Like the filing for the audio interface seen yesterday, this
patent again describes a system relying on the relative computing strength and fast network access of a PC / Mac
working together with a second, portable wireless device. This time however, the "portable wireless device"
is used to browse and then tag an item of interest from an "online media store" with the PC / Mac then being
used to purchase or preview the tagged item at a later time. The patent specifically references eBooks and ring tones
as some of the items of interest for download by a cellphone or wireless PDA. Now, If you're a believer then this is
just further confirmation of that oft rumored and all but confirmed iPhone. Or perhaps it's just
insight into an extension of that crippled Moto
partnership. We don't know. However, these filings do give some insight into Apple's views on the continued importance
of synchronization between future portable devices and the PC/Mac digital hub.
[Via c|net News]