Apple Files European Patent For Collaborative Version of iChat

Apple recently filed for a &QPN=DE69634950T">European patent that covers a version of iChat the company compared to an "interactive whiteboard," Macworld UK reported on Friday. According to the article, the new version of iChat would enable users to exchange and manipulate a variety of media, including audio, video, images, and documents, via a common window.

The patent also explores adding functionality to iChat that would enable it to determine what both computers involved in a chat are capable of, so that the software could become more compatible with other instant-messaging applications.