Apple has filed for two patents (number 10,325,416 and 10,325,417) for an “avatar creation user interface” for Animoji and Memoji.
Animojis are one type of this other multimedia content, where a user can select an avatar (e.g., a puppet) to represent themselves. The Animoji can move and talk as if it were a video of the user. Animojis enable users to create personalized versions of emojis in a fun and creative way.
Memoji is the name used for iOS’s personalized “Animoji” characters that can be created and customized right within Messages by choosing from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique personality.
Both patents involve creating and editing avatars, and navigating avatar selection interfaces. In some examples, an avatar feature user interface includes a plurality of feature options that can be customized to create an avatar. In other examples, different types of avatars can be managed for use in different applications. In still other examples, an interface is provided for navigating types of avatars for an application.
Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.