Five Apple Patents That Hinted at Hit Products to Come

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Inc., at MacWorld 2001 in San Francisco. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Bloomberg

Patents are granted all the time, but when Apple gets one, companies often shudder at the prospect that the tech giant may try to muscle into their industry. GoPro's stock dropped 12 percent after the iPhone maker got a patent for a remote control system to take photos.

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