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?
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.