If you’ve been following Apple for any length of time or even
follow a web site like Patently Apple, you’ll notice the
volume of patents Apple applies for. You’ll also notice how many
of those patents have not yet made it into your Mac or iOS device.
That doesn’t mean they won’t, but having a patent doesn’t
guarantee they will, either.
Exactly. This is why I don’t follow Apple patent filings. Apple, like any mega-sized tech corporation, encourages engineers to file for patents on anything that might be patentable. That’s how the game works.