APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)

An electronic device detects using one or more input devices a first input that corresponds with selecting a transportation option while displaying content items; then , on the screen, a transportation interface to perform one or more operations on the content item. This could include: the ability to modify tags on the content item; modify tags that are linked to the content item; one or two transportation that are associated with various selectable options for performing one or many operations for the content item.

The use of touch-sensitive surfaces as input devices for computers as well as other electronic computing devices has grown dramatically in recent years. Examples of touch-sensitive surfaces are touchpads and touch-screen displays. They are used extensively to manipulate user interface objects on a screen.

Examples of manipulations are adjusting the size and/or position of one or more user interface objects , or opening applications or files represented by objects that represent user interfaces, in addition to linking metadata to the user interface object or otherwise manipulating user interfaces. User interface objects can be described as digital images, video, text, icons controls, such as buttons, and other graphic elements. In some instances the user might need to alter objects of the user interface using a file management program (e.g. The Finder application by Apple Inc.of Cupertino), an image management software (e.g. Aperture, iPhoto and Photos from Apple Inc.of Cupertino), a drawing program, a presentation tool (e.g. Keynote from Apple Inc.of Cupertino), a word processor (e.g. Pages from AppleInc. Cupertino (Calif.), a website creator application (e.g. the iWeb application from Apple Inc.of Cupertino), Calif.), a disk authoring program (e.g. IDVD from Apple Inc.of Cupertino), Calif.), or spreadsheets (e.g. numbers by Apple Inc.of Cupertino), Calif.

However, these actions are often time-consuming and inefficient. For example the use of a series of mouse-based inputs to select one or more objects for the user interface and execute one or more actions on the user interface objects you have selected is laborious and places an enormous cognitive burden for a user. Furthermore, these strategies are more time-consuming than they need to be, thereby wasting energy. This latter consideration is particularly relevant in battery-powered devices.

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