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New Apple Patent Promises Wireless Restaurant Orders

New Apple Patent Promises Wireless Drink OrdersThose with Wi-Fi-equipped iPhones and iPods have been able to order songs at Starbucks for months now, part of a deal that saw the coffee mega-franchise giving away millions and millions of free iTunes tracks. Now, it seems, that was just the beginning of a partnership between the alternative computer manufacturer and the decidedly mainstream java house, with the unveiling of a new patent that will have you ordering that venti caramel macchiato right from your iPhone.

This is something you can already do in some Starbucks stores from a laptop, but by the sounds of this patent, Apple has bigger plans than just a cup of joe. The patent discusses a technique for allowing customers to wirelessly order products from their Apple gadgets. You could simply walk into any participating establishment, have a seat, and pull up the menu from the company's wireless network. A few taps later and your product would be ordered for you, without you having to spend a moment in line, and your iPhone (or other to-be-named device) would chime or vibrate when it was ready to pick up.

Sound like heaven? Yes -- assuming of course you aren't the one stuck waiting in line while some jerk with an iPhone virtually cuts ahead of you by placing his drink order from the parking lot. That, we think, could get somewhat irritating. But perhaps that's exactly what Apple is hoping for. After all, it's just more incentive to buy that iPhone or iPod Touch you've been drooling over, right?

From Forbes.com

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