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Cover Flow is an animated, three-dimensional graphical user interface element that was integrated within the Macintosh Finder and other Apple Inc. products for visually flipping through snapshots of documents, website bookmarks, album artwork, or photographs.wikipedia
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Finder (software)

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Cover Flow is an animated, three-dimensional graphical user interface element that was integrated within the Macintosh Finder and other Apple Inc. products for visually flipping through snapshots of documents, website bookmarks, album artwork, or photographs.
The user can choose how to view files, with options such as large icons showing previews of files, a list with details such as date of last creation or modification, a Gallery View (replacing the previous Cover flow in macOS Mojave), and a "column view" influenced by macOS's direct ancestor NeXTSTEP.

Mac OS X Leopard

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During the WWDC Keynote on June 11, 2007, Steve Jobs announced that Cover Flow would be added as a view option in Mac OS X Leopard’s Finder.
Leopard introduces a significantly revised desktop, with a redesigned Dock, Stacks, a semitransparent menu bar, and an updated Finder that incorporates the Cover Flow visual navigation interface first seen in iTunes.

IPhone

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On January 9, 2007, when Apple announced the iPhone, it was announced that it would incorporate Cover Flow technology.
Users can rotate their device horizontally to landscape mode to access Cover Flow.

Safari (web browser)

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On February 24, 2009, Cover Flow was also included with the public beta of Safari 4, with the final version of Safari 4, released on June 8, using Cover Flow to browse history, bookmarks, RSS feeds, Bonjour, and Address Book.
Cover Flow, a feature of Mac OS X and iTunes, was also implemented in Safari.

Mirror Worlds

Mirror Worlds Technologies
On March 14, 2008, Mirror Worlds LLC sued Apple for infringing on its patents (nos.
The infringement was alleged to occur in the Cover Flow, Time Machine, and Spotlight features found in Mac OS X and iOS software used for many of Apple's products.

IPod Classic

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On September 5, 2007 Apple announced that Cover Flow would be utilized in the third generation iPod nano as well as the new iPod classic and iPod touch models.
The iPod Classic has a 2.5" backlit display at a resolution of 320×240. The front plate of the iPod is now made of anodized aluminium instead of polycarbonate plastic, and "Signature iPod White" has been replaced by silver. This marks the first time white is not available as a color option for an iPod. The sixth-generation iPod also introduced a completely overhauled user interface, incorporating more graphics and Cover Flow. The iPod Classic was offered in an 80GB model for MSRP US$249 and a 160GB model for MSRP US$349.

Andrew Coulter Enright

Cover Flow was conceived by artist Andrew Coulter Enright and originally implemented by an independent Macintosh developer, Jonathan del Strother.
He conceived the Cover Flow visual browsing computer interface purchased by Apple Computer in 2006, for iTunes, Safari and other products.

IPod Nano

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On September 5, 2007 Apple announced that Cover Flow would be utilized in the third generation iPod nano as well as the new iPod classic and iPod touch models.
New features included browsing via Cover Flow, a new user interface, video playback, and support for new iPod Games.

Rockbox

MacOS

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All system icons are scalable up to 512×512 pixels as of version 10.5 to accommodate various places where they appear in larger size, including for example the Cover Flow view, a three-dimensional graphical user interface included with iTunes, the Finder, and other Apple products for visually skimming through files and digital media libraries via cover artwork.

List of graphical user interface elements

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Cover Flow is an animated, three-dimensional graphical user interface element that was integrated within the Macintosh Finder and other Apple Inc. products for visually flipping through snapshots of documents, website bookmarks, album artwork, or photographs.

Apple Inc.

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Cover Flow is an animated, three-dimensional graphical user interface element that was integrated within the Macintosh Finder and other Apple Inc. products for visually flipping through snapshots of documents, website bookmarks, album artwork, or photographs. Cover Flow was purchased by Apple Inc. in 2006, and its technology was integrated into its music application, iTunes 7.0, which was released September 12, 2006.

Scroll wheel

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Cover Flow is browsed using the on-screen scrollbar, mouse wheel, gestures, or by selecting a file from a list, which flips through the pages to bring the associated image into view.

Touchscreen

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On iPod and iPhone devices, the user slides their finger across the touch screen or uses the click wheel.

IPod click wheel

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On iPod and iPhone devices, the user slides their finger across the touch screen or uses the click wheel.

OS X El Capitan

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Cover Flow is now absent on the Mac in everything other than "Finder" with OS X El Capitan.

MacOS Mojave

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In macOS Mojave, a completely different Gallery view feature "replaces" Cover Flow in "Finder".

ITunes

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Cover Flow was purchased by Apple Inc. in 2006, and its technology was integrated into its music application, iTunes 7.0, which was released September 12, 2006.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

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During the WWDC Keynote on June 11, 2007, Steve Jobs announced that Cover Flow would be added as a view option in Mac OS X Leopard’s Finder.

Steve Jobs

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During the WWDC Keynote on June 11, 2007, Steve Jobs announced that Cover Flow would be added as a view option in Mac OS X Leopard’s Finder.

IPod Touch

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On September 5, 2007 Apple announced that Cover Flow would be utilized in the third generation iPod nano as well as the new iPod classic and iPod touch models.

Bonjour (software)

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On February 24, 2009, Cover Flow was also included with the public beta of Safari 4, with the final version of Safari 4, released on June 8, using Cover Flow to browse history, bookmarks, RSS feeds, Bonjour, and Address Book.

Design patent

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In April 2010, Apple was granted US design patent D613,300 on the Cover Flow interface.