Apple wants documents to be ‘intelligently presented’ depending on which device you’re viewing

This image illustrates an example graphical interface of a document management application.

Apple has been granted a patent (number 11562325 B2) for the “intelligent presentation of documents” that will make loyalty cards, identification cards, coupons, tickets, boarding passes and other documents automatically adjust to the device (Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch) on which a user is viewing them.

About the patent

In the patent Apple notes that the above-mentioned types of documents are used by people every day when making purchases, proving identity, gaining access to events and when traveling. With the ubiquitous use of mobile computing devices, many of these documents have been digitized and are stored on mobile computing devices. 

However, Apple says that managing and accessing the digitized versions of these documents on the mobile computing device can be “cumbersome and time consuming.” The tech giant wants to change this with, for example, Apple Pay and Apple Card on its various devices. 

Summary of the patent 

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “In some implementations, documents can be presented on a display of a computing device based on a context of the computing device. The context can include a current time and/or current location associated with the computing device. The documents can be presented based on a time and/or location associated with the documents. Documents can be downloaded and shared between devices. Documents can be dynamically updated based on document vendor provided information and/or other network based resources. In some implementations, the various graphical interfaces described herein provide access to a variety of document types in an organized and efficient manner.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.