Apple has won a patent for a sophisticated multi-touch gesturing system for touch screen based devices.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Apple for its multi-touch system that offers sophisticated multi-touch gestures by detecting multiple finger contacts with a touchscreen.

Fast Company writes on what these new kinds of multitouch gestures mean for Apple users:

When you plop your fingers down on a trackpad or touchscreen you can either use a relaxed hand position, or a more active position in which your fingers are spread apart. By detecting this subtle difference, an attached computer will be able to discriminate a much more complicated set of gestures than would be possible than by merely detecting multiple finger contacts.

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