In a development that not only speaks volumes about the US patent system, but is patently absurd, Apple now owns the page turn. The sheer volume of interaction patterns that Apple, and others, are securing should be of concern to anyone working in interaction design.
As Nick Bilton, writing for Bits in The New York Times puts it:
Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An ‘interface’ that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner Brothers cartoons.
(This is where readers are probably checking the URL of this article to make sure it’s The New York Times and not The Onion.)