Until now, touch screens have worked just fine for most things we typically do on our devices, however, it can often be tricky to see everything that’s on screen when you’re holding your finger over a portion of the display.
Apple has an idea to work around this handicap…
A recently published patent application from the clever boffins at Apple covers an idea to make the bezels in iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices touch sensitive as well.
The bezel is the portion of the device that frames the screen. The application describes a scenario where this slim – and getting slimmer – area would have touch sensors just like the screen, so that you’d be able to scroll and tap without ever needing to cover the display ::::
APPLE-United States Patent Application
In the document – above – Apple their clever use of unutilised space is one way to get more screen realestate without having to actually increase the size of the device.
Critical portions of the bezel would have touch sensors that trigger different actions, as shown in the image from the application below. For example, touching one section of the bezel might cause you to scroll down, while another section of the bezel could be used to select something on screen.
On a device like the iPad, it’s easy to imagine how this technology would work since its bezels are more prominent than those on the iPhone. If this technology were to make it into the iPhone, you’d really only have the top and bottom bezels to work with since the bezels along the side are so slim.
There’s no guarantee that Apple will actually implement this idea into any of its products. Apple patents different types of technology all the time, and it’s rare that we see most of these ideas come to fruition. Regardless, it’s interesting to see the types of technologies Apple could be experimenting with.
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