Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
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The disclosure described hereinafter is broad in scope and relates to user interfaces for computers. More specifically it relates to methods for recording lap times, setting timers, and adjusting timescales in the context of a stopwatch.
2. Related art description
Modern electronic devices may provide various timing functionalities. For example electronic devices could offer functions for stopwatches and/or timers. These functions can be limited. They could display timing information in a simplistic manner, not allow for personalization of the display parameters for timing data and may not provide intuitive methods to input timing values. There is an urgent need for better user-friendly ways of displaying the timing data, which allows the user to customize timing data display parameters, and input of timing values.
A method for showing lap times on the user interface of electronic devices includes: Displaying a first representation of a lap time on a user interface moving the representation around an initial axis of the interface according to a first amount time that has passed since the last time, the initial amount of time which corresponds to the laptime; and responding to the first lap input, stopping the movement of the representation on the axis. The second representation is an additional laptime within the interface. In this instance the relative position of the representationalong the axis determines
In certain embodiments, a method of changing the timescale of a representation of lap times in the user interface for an electronic device includes the display of an initial representation of a lap time in the present, the first representation comprising a firsttimescale and having a first element the first element being positioned relative to the first timescale in accordance with the current lap time on the first timescale. While showing the first representation, sensing a rotational movement of arotatable input mechanism; and in response to the movement of the rotatable: updating the first representation of the lap time to have a second timescale, different from the initial timescale in accordance with the movement in the rotation and updating the position of the initial element in line to the current lap time in the second timescale.
In some embodiments, a method of updating a current duration setting of a timer in a user interface of an electronic device comprises: displaying a timer representation in a user interface, the timer representation including: an analogrepresentation, the analog representation including a current duration indicator representing a current duration setting, and a digital representation representing the current duration setting; while displaying the timer representation, detecting arotational movement of the rotatable input mechanism; and in response to the rotational movement, updating the current duration indicator and the digital representation in accordance with the rotational movement.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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