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Solved: The Mystery of What’s on Oprah’s iPad

Oprah on the iPad
(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)

Did you know that talk show queen Oprah Winfrey owns an iPad? No? Well, now that you know, are you curious what apps she’s got installed on it? We thought you were.

9to5Mac got the scoop
on just exactly what Oprah has installed on her iPad, courtesy of the International Business Times. While speaking at the annual American Magazine Conference in Chicago, the queen of daytime revealed all — which actually isn’t too much.

Winfrey’s iPad news comes courtesy of the CNN and ABC News apps, which she credits for “keeping her abreast with the latest news.” She also likes reading e-magazines, although she can’t yet read her own O Magazine on the device — but that will be changing on November 16 when an app for the publication finally becomes available.

For her fun time, Oprah gushed about her love for Scrabble on the iPad, one app which “changed her workouts” and “keeps my mind off the treadmill.” The talk show host also loves the fact that she can “play Scrabble and listen to Bruce Springsteen at the same time.”

Apple likely loves Oprah in return — after all, she generously gave out iPads to every member of her magazine staff, which had to add up to a pretty penny.

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New Mystery Apple Patent Could Make Your Next iPhone Bulletproof

Apple composite laminate patent
(Image courtesy of Patently Apple)

The best way to keep tabs on what Apple might be cooking up next is to keep an eye on all of the new inventions they file for patents on. One of the latest is a patent for an improved composite laminate that could someday make future devices practically bulletproof.

Patently Apple is reporting that Apple has recently won the patent for an improved composite laminate, which the website claims “could consist of a wide range of materials including glass, synthetics, metals (such as aluminum or titanium) or even epoxy.” The patent doesn’t reveal exactly what Apple plans to do, but the website notes that such material is commonly used in “real-world products ranging from an iPad cover to all manner of sporting equipment such as golf clubs, baseball bats, canoes, bikes, skateboards and more.”

According to Wikipedia, the use of such materials could even be used to make a portable device literally bulletproof, which certainly makes us imagine that Apple CEO Steve Jobs could be living some kind of Batman-esque dual life. (Would that make the iPhone his Bat-Phone?)

Unfortunately Patently Apple chooses to theorize a much more down-to-Earth scenario. “Apple could also be rethinking their use of polycarbonates in their MacBook for a much lighter material and using the sandwich method as shown above,” they propose. “Hmm, who knows — maybe the new Apple TV is already using one of the material variants. I haven’t been able to find out exactly what they’re using. Is it a thermosetting plastic as mentioned in this patent?”

As is often the case with patents such as this, only time will tell.

“Where and how Apple will end up using this material is unknown at this time — simply because of the wide range of products that Apple could apply this to — including future wearable computers,” Patently Apple concludes. “In time, we’ll be sure to hear about this material as it comes to market in some surprising way. For now, all we know for certain is that Apple has been granted a patent for an improved cosmetic surface regarding this material and that it’s paved the way for Apple to now bring it to market.”

Now all that Cupertino needs is a Bat-Signal to announce Apple’s next media event and they’ll be all set…

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