Saturday, April 23, 2011

Apple Looking To Add Touch Sensitive Buttons To iPhone Bezel

PatentlyApple have discovered a new Apple Patent today that reveals how Apple could be adding a new “smart bezel” to future generation iPhones. This would allow additional information to be displayed in the bezel surrounding the screen as well as additional controls.

The patent describes it as a “secondary display” and instead of having virtual buttons taking up valuable space on screen, the buttons could be located in the bezel, saving screen space. This would mean the user could interact with the device without having to touch the screen.
Apple intends to introduce a method that employs a very cool secondary display scheme that utilizes a printed segmented electroluminescence display. Apple intends to use the secondary display to introduce a set of new illuminated indicators that are able morph into various controls for work and play. Illuminated gaming and productivity controls could be built into the face-side of the bezel and/or selected back-side areas of iOS devices like the iPad.
It turns out that this patent was filed way back in 2009 so there is a possibility that we could find this technology in the next generation iPhone 5, or we may never see it at all.
How would you feel about having touch sensitive buttons in the bezel? Would it be practical?
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