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While desktop computers allow multiple users to share and collaborate on a single application in real time, such a feature has been limited with mobile devices. With Apple’s latest patent, this idea is now mobile. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently granted Apple a patent that allows two or more iPhone or iPad users to collaborate and work from the same app in real time.
Unlike some of Apple’s programs such as Continuity and Handoff which allow users to save their progress in an app, and pick up where they left off on another device, this invention allows two users to experience the same app together at the same time.
With the new sharing app, a “host” can invite another to view certain apps on their device such as their calendar or a work project and then collaborate on that same app in real time. Once the invite has been accepted, the two devices are able to share and interact with each other.
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