New Steve Jobs patent: Pointing to an Apple connected HDTV? | News | Rapid TV News
By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our privacy policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. [Close]

A patent filing on behalf of late Apple guru Steve Jobs is for a method of TV episode organisation, which Apple-watching IP website Patently Apple says confirms the rumours of the launch of a smart, Apple-branded HDTV.

The US Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent, which calls for "a computer-implemented method, comprising: receiving episodic content including one or more episodes of television programs and storing the episodic content in a data store."

It also covers "receiving metadata associated with the episodic content and storing the received meta data in the data store; displaying on a display device a menu arranged in an interface environment, the menu comprising a list of menu items associated with the episodic content; displaying on the display device a sort interface arranged in the interface environment, the sort interface defining a plurality of sort options and being configured to receive a selection of a sort option and to sort the list of menu items based upon the selection."

The claim seems to describe a cloud-based mechanism for receiving information from various providers and then making that available on-demand via the Web--a set-up that would fit in nicely with Jobs' self-proclaimed goal of syncing content across devices. Whether that line-up of devices would include a connected TV set remains to be seen, of course, but the framework laid out in the patent certainly supports that kind of consumer electronics strategy.