In some cases the new user interface provides an animated feature that will roll the Unlock slider feature out of the way so as to reveal one or more rows of quick access apps. The invention also reveals that Apple is likely to adopt a new virtual home button that will extend the user interface right to the bottom of the iDevice. All in all, this is another cool feature that we could likely expect to see in future iDevices.
There have been an absurd number of iOS 7 concepts floating around various Apple blogs for the last few months, and none of which are guaranteed to be anything like what we’ll eventually be seeing from Apple later this year. Every once in a while, though, we see one of these iOS concepts come directly from Apple in the form of a patent. There’s no guarantee that these will come to fruition either, but they’re probably just that much more plausible in comparison to the shots in the dark that come from various concept artists.