APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)

An electronic device displays an interface for users that includes a plurality controls for setting parameters for a user interface element. The controls consist of two controls to adjust the first parameter and the second parameter and a second parameter, respectively. In response to receiving an input that is directed only to the first control the device alters the appearance of the control to indicate that the control in question is maneuvering through a range of values of the first parameter, produces a number of tactile outputs corresponding to updates in the appearance of the first control and alters a value for the initial parameter to the user interface element based on the single input. A similar set of operations is carried out for the second parameter of the user interface element when there is one input directed to the first control.

The use of surfaces that are touch sensitive as input devices for computers and other electronic computing devices has seen a significant increase in recent times. Exemplary touch-sensitive surfaces include touch pads and display screens with touch. They are extensively used to control user interface objects on screens.

Some examples of manipulations are altering the size and location of objects in the user interface, activating buttons or opening files and applications. Additionally, you can associate metadata with objects that are part of the user interface. Exemplary user interface objects include digital images, video text, icons, controls such as buttons and other graphics. A user will, in some circumstances, require such manipulations on the objects that comprise the user interface of the context of a file management software (e.g. The Finder application from Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), an application for managing images (e.g., Aperture or iPhoto available from Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), digital content (e.g. videos and music) management program (e.g., iTunes from Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), an illustration application and a presentation software (e.g., Keynote from Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), an application for word processing (e.g. Pages by Apple Inc.of Cupertino, Calif.), a website creation application (e.g. the iWeb application from Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), a disk authoring application (e.g. IDVD from Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.), or a spreadsheet application (e.g. Numbers by Apple Inc. ofCupertino, Calif.).

However, existing methods are not efficient and difficult to use for these kinds of manipulations. Furthermore, the methods currently in use are slow and inefficient, and they waste energy. This latter consideration is particularly important in battery-operateddevices.

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