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updated 12:05 PM EST 01.22.13
Apple wins patent on iOS magnification tech
Apple has won a patent on the magnifying loupe used throughout iOS, says AppleInsider. The loupe appears whenever a person taps and holds on certain content, such as selectable text. In the patent, Device, method, and graphical user interface for management and manipulation of user interface elements, Apple < ahref="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/22/apple-awarded-patent-for-ios-loupe-on-screen-content-magnification">notes that the option is a way of making the UI easier to deal with on small screens such as the iPhone's; it's also said to preserve battery life, since it cuts out unnecessary zoom-in functions.