Top 10 Apple Patents Tell Tech's Future

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 17: The apple logo hangs outside the Apple retail store along the Magnificent Mile on June 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Apple shares today rose to a record high after the company announced it had received 600,000 pre-orders for its new iPhone. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    If you can read patent applications and diagrams, you can probably write them, too.

    For the rest of us who want to peer into the future of technology -- via Apple's innovative thinking -- we thank PatentlyApple.com. They've compiled a top 10 most kick-ass patent applications for the Cupertino Wonder.

    Since 2010 was basically the year of the iPad, what other ideas are flowing through Apple's product design pipeline?

    How about a solar-charging phone battery, for those days on the beach? Or completely new photo-swiping finger action for phones and pads?

    Some other patents include 3D holographic projection displays and a possible return of the stylus -- but those weren't even cool enough to make the top 10!

    Apple keeps pushing the envelope and we keep buying stuff. 

    Everyone's winning so far -- everyone except for any other luxury-, aspirational-brand consumer electronics makers.

    Those cats are searching for their niche.