Apple patent shows “Radial menus” could be coming to the iPhone

One way that could possibly make the iPhone a different user experience is to change up how the UI looks. A recent Apple patent application called “Radial menus“ show the possibility of the apps being presented in a circular motion. The application states that “The invention is directed towards the presentation of the menu or toolbar options in a graphical user interface. Specifically, the invention is directed towards presenting these options in a radial form”.

Basically the user would long press on a desired application to go deeper into its features – and sounds like a “flowing” experience rather tapping the screen several times to get to where you need be. Apple continues on the patent application to say that “the use of shading or highlighting within a region associated with an item to indicate the present selectability of the item, and (iii) the use of radial gestures for opening sub-menus and the subsequent display of the sub-menu.”

No word on if this will actually be implemented.

Source: Unwired View
Via: IntoMobile