This is the second patent filing we've stumbled across today related to Apple's iOS devices and synchronization.
This patent shows the ability to rearrange icons on your iOS device through your desktop computer. Which we know is not a new feature, in fact, we've used it in the past to make rearranging our iPhone icons slightly easier.
The interesting part of this is that the patent filing doesn't only mention a wired connection, but a wireless one as well. Which, again, may not be a huge deal, Apple may just be covering all their bases. We also noticed that the images in the filing show the user arranging the homescreens of three devices at once. The patent description below even mentions a "plurality" of home screens:
Abstract In some embodiments, a host computer can be used by a user to arrange icons among a plurality of home screens or views. For example, a representation of each of the home screens available at a handheld device can be displayed on a host computer along with a representation of the available icons usable at the handheld device. A user can select representation of icons at the host computer and arrange the icons among the representations of the home screens. Icons and/or home screens can be added and/or removed. The arrangement created by the user at the host computer display can be sent to the handheld device when completed.
Many of us own more than one iOS device (perhaps an iPad and an iPhone) and this could make for a quicker way to sync devices than manually plugging each in and waiting for the process.