Apple has been granted patents by the US Patent & Trademark Office involving Final Cut Pro, the iPhone and laptop housing. Following is a summary of each.

Patent number 7,725,828 is for the application of speed effects to a video presentation. Some embodiments provide a method of specifying speed effects for playing a video clip. The method defines a set of speed effects for the video clip. It then displays in real-time a presentation of the video clip that accounts for the set of speed effects defined for the video clip. In some embodiments, this method represents the playback speed of a video clip in terms of a graph that is part of a graphical user interface (“GUI”). This graph is defined along two axes, with one axis representing the playback time, and the other axis representing the content-time (i.e., the time within the video clip). In these embodiments, a user can change the playback speed of the video clip by using a set of GUI operations to select and modify the graph. For instance, a user can select and adjust the graph at different instances in time in order to change the playback speed of the video clip at these instances. Different embodiments use different types of graphs to represent playback speed. For instance, some embodiments use a deformable line bar that is superimposed on a rectangle that represents the video clip. The inventor is Gary Johnson.

Patent number 7,724,716 is for a wireless communication system. A processing system is described that includes a wireless communication interface that wirelessly communicates with one or more wireless client devices in the vicinity of an establishment. The wireless communication interface receives a remote order corresponding to an item selected by at least one of the wireless client devices. A local server computer located in proximity to the establishment generates instructions for processing the remote order received from the wireless communication interface. The local server computer then passes the processing instructions to an order processing queue in preparation for processing of the remote order. The inventor is Anthony M. Fadell.

Patent number 7,724,5332 is for a handheld computing device. It includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent. The inventors are Stephen Paul Zadesky and Stephen Brian Lynch.

Patent number 7,724,5332 involves a display housing for a computing device. invention relates generally to computer system and, more particularly, to improved features for housings of computer systems.

The housing can have one or more of the following aspects. One aspect of the invention pertains to a computing device provided with an internal antenna. One aspect of the invention pertains to a stiffener for a computer housing so as to increase the rigidity and strength of the computer housing. One aspect of the invention pertains to a lid for a computing device, such as a portable computer, that is provided with a translucent housing. The inventors are Lawrence Lam, Jory Bell, Chris J. Stringer and Roy Riccomini.