By Jim Karpen on Wed, 02/04/2009
A post on the Wired blog reports that Apple's recently approved patent for the iPhone interface hints that videoconferencing may be coming to the iPhone. Apparently the patent specifies a lens that can be rotated backward or forward, with the touchscreen being used as the viewfinder. The blog post includes a schematic image from the patent application and relevant text related to the videoconferencing feature.
The patent office had spent over two years reviewing the application before finally granting the patent last month. It will be interesting to see if Apple tries to enforce this patent against those manufacturers that have emulated the iPhone approach.