Apple's latest display patent hints at a future beyond the notch

Apple's latest display patent hints at a future beyond the notch
The notch on the iPhone XS

Apple may have been credited with kicking off the notched display trend last year but things move fast in the smartphone industry and, shortly after it was confirmed that Samsung is looking at alternative designs that don’t require the controversial element, a new patent has revealed that Apple is researching new designs too.

From the looks of things, the Cupertino-based company is actively looking into smartphone displays that include small cut-outs. These small holes would be used to accommodate a variety of sensors such as the selfie camera and Face ID elements. Thus, there would no longer be a need for a large notch above the display.

In order to achieve this look, a tiny drill would be used on the display that is capable of creating a ring-shaped incision. Once this is successfully done, the circular piece can be removed, allowing sensors to be implemented in the hole. While the drill is in use, the selected area would be protected by a cushion-like material that avoids any damage to the display.

Although this design may seem like the logical next step, Apple could potentially skip it entirely. After all, Samsung is already working on new implementations that will allow cameras and other sensors to be hidden beneath OLED panels, a design that many would consider superior and something Apple may be willing to wait for.


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16 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So Apple's future falls in an incomplete picture...? :P

11. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I still believe the next evolutionary step for the smartphone is to move to the glasses or headset (MR) based. That would be revolutionary.

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Waiting for someone to say Samsung has patented this already.

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why? Samsung is working on something better. At least even though Samsung had a notch patent, they were smart enough not to ever use it. Because you all would have criticized them for it, while you eat the dong from Apple though.

9. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Someone must have beat him with a Samsung phone before. Samsung's always on his mind/punch drunk iBrain LMAOOOOO This 40 yrs old iWinner's so obsessed with Nate Diaz and Samsung, he has to G-stalk Nate Diaz & post hateful Samsung comments on his iPrecious everyday. iCreep?

13. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

And the sad part is...only apple revolutionize smartphone, i mean apple is the trendsetter.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3066; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That doesn’t justify someone’s hate over a successful brand like Samsung,

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Stop starting trouble you hateful troll

5. YeahYeah

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Well he is telling the truth. Just like apple stole Samsung notch patent

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Lol...hahahaha

6. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You can't be serious? This coming from boy who just two days ago talk so much nonsense in Apple article trying to pick a fight and got owned and never came back to end conversation. Like could we talk about iPhone having 1% share in China?

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Hey troll. I dont pick fights That's you all lifeless job that you couldn't pay me enough to do and you all do for free. Drop off dude. You bother me!

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6519; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Pretty sure Samsung is working on something way better. Like the article states...apple is waiting to see what Samsung comes up with.

10. srgonu

Posts: 511; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I appreciate Samsung (or whoever) for not following notch trend and sticking with what they believe is right thing. Now all of 'em please follow the right way.

15. Krjal

Posts: 418; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Anything is better than a "notch" but this doesn't seem a lot better... Samsung's got some great ideas coming up with the Under Panel Sensors but what about LG, Japan Display, anyone else we know about working on this sort of thing?

16. slashas

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Put iOS on Samsung phone and this is going to be best phone ever :)

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