Apple’s Edge to Edge Display Patent
The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted a number of patents to Apple Inc. One of the applications is regarding an edge-to-edge display on future Apple smartphones, and shows a description for a device with a mostly flat-screen setting, though the curved sides allow for more symmetry and a smoother design on the iPhones.
Apple’s edge-to-edge display patent
One of the newly granted patent covers Apple’s invention relating to the bending of one or more edges around the display panel of an electronic device, which reduces the non-interactive border area for the device.
Apple claims within the patent application that it intends to reduce the border area – the bezel – so that it maximizes the display and interactive touch areas for smartphones.
Furthermore, Apple feels that a flexible material could be used for creating the display for bending. OLED displays will be available with this capacity, as has been seen on a number of smartphones.
At the same time, Apple is claiming another advantage for bending the sides of the panel in that it would allow for a narrower smartphone.
Integrating the touch ID to the display
The fingerprint reader patent seems to be a bit more complex. It’s a description of a sensor that is integrated directly to the display, to more easily access the sensor while in the middle of using applications.
This is a reference to the touch ID fingerprint sensor that is built into the screen of iPhones for more effective authentication. This would allow Apple to in turn remove the home button from the front panel and further increase the display size for the new iPhones.
Apple released renders of the upcoming iPhone 8, and the CAD drawings showed the firm is planning to feature a Touch ID embedded into the display of the phone.
There have been rumours pertaining to this, though there was always the chance the company would be going in another direction, especially considering some have claimed Apple is facing issues regarding mass production.
The patent itself provides the explanation that the main objective of the touch ID realignment is to make on-screen authentication much easier.
Reading through the patent, we can explore the technology behind the sensor. The main fingerprint reading may not take place at the level of the screen, but instead, input from the sensor panel is transmuted for processing to different sections of the device.
It is also worth mentioning that the renders did not particularly show an edge-to-edge display for the upcoming iPhone 8, though previous reports actually suggest the firm intends to go with an OLED 2.5D glass screen on the anticipated iPhone, which is going to be revealed later on this year.