Apple granted patents for bezel-free display and in-screen Touch ID button

Ok, folks, we might actually be onto something quite certain about the next iPhone – it’s not the name, we don’t know for sure that it’s going to be iPhone 8. It’s more exciting than that!

Apple has been granted two quite ‘big’ patents today that indicate a bezel-less, edge-to-edge display, and a fingerprint sensor embedded inside that display. Can we really safely conclude that the next Apple flagship will rock a display, such as the one shown in the patent pics?

Well, no one at Cupertino has said it out loud yet, but the dots here connect by themselves, really. Patent images released today reveal a body of a generic, nameless device that indeed features screen edges that wrap around the sides of it. ‘Reducing the border area of a device’ is the actual name of the patent, which, however, does not say ‘eliminating’ the border area – a point of concern? Not really, as the text specifically explains that the edges will represent bent sensor display panels, ridded of non-functional panel space.

As for the Touch ID sensor, tech manufacturers have struggled for some time to build a display with embedded fingerprint sensors. Apple’s patent explains that its main purpose would be to ease on-screen authentication. Reading through the patent, it’s interesting to explore the tech behind the sensor. The actual fingerprint reading does not take place at screen level, but input from the sensor panel is transported for processing to a different part of the device. 

While all of this does gets us truly excited about what tech Apple might offer in the next iPhone, we are an official statement short of knowing whether the instant patents will indeed make a debut in a device this autumn.

source: Patent notes via 9To5Mac



1. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lmao! Now let the burn begin..

2. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Samsung better deliver with the Note8 or this might become my first iPhone ever.

5. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Looks like it has bezels to me

12. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Don't worry... They will.

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol this just got patented. If it was coming out this year, it would have been patented AGES ago. I still don't get how they got these patents when curved displays already exist though.

24. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I think the patent has to deal with the perforated design

32. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I'm excited for the new iPhone but that was my first thought also. Have they even patent something this late in the game? I don't know I'm asking

34. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

The others bend it wrong

45. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, Apple already has multiple patents on this. This is just the latest one.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How does what you said relate to his comment? He said he prefers the way other phones handle their fps. He didn't say anything about who patented this first.

33. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Lol was exactly thinking the same!

35. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Galaxy S9 will poop on the iphone 8 with 98% Display to body ratio.

41. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Hmm, I actually prefer the FPS the way the pixel does it. Round and right in the middle of the back. When its face down I prefer double tap to wake and pattern or home button and iris scanner rather than stretching my thumb to put it on the table.

47. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh please, we all know Apple isn't using this on their iPhone but rather to keep Samsung or anyone else from doing it first. This happened so many other times with nothing to show for it.

3. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I know we call this iphoneareana but their Apple articles are no where close to BGR bias. Every article on BGR seems like paid advertising for Apple. And Samsung articles are anti-Samsung. Like the s8 display is the best ever but that great news for Apple. Im like GTFO, BGR is like Apples Fox news.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Bgr are trolls at this point, but somehow people still seem to like visiting there.

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

PA might not be as bad as PA when it comes to the writers being bias but the trolls in the comments are just as derpy.

22. BuffaloSouce unregistered

*PA might not be as bad as BGR*

26. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sorry, not even close. BGR is mostly the same four or five people with multiple cloned accounts.

28. BuffaloSouce unregistered

There's a few people here to with multiple accounts and their telling is just as bad

31. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But none cloned, and not nearly as many or as extreme trolls here.

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

So Apple will the first and the last company doing an in screen Touch ID button. Bravo Apple, you deserve it.

6. Tipus

Posts: 875; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

You forgot "others will follow" :)))))

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010 Yes I know, the article is for a fps embedded in the display, not TouchID. But if you wanna take that route, since Apple is the only company with a TouchID but then your statement is pretty stupid.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Being one step closer doesnt mean you'll see it soon.

19. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

And a patent just approved today means we will see it this fall? Okay there

30. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They got a patent on the tech, just like Apple did. They're equally "closer", except the other company for the patent first. Qualcomm also had existing patents on under the display fps tech.

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I know they're probably not going to have it very soon, that wasn't the point. He said Apple would be the first and last to have it, implying no one else could make it work. And considering Qualcomm announced embedded fps as far back as 2015, they were the first to come up with it either. Regardless, there have been articles on this site saying that it will most likely be pushed back to next year for the iPhone because they're having problems with low yields. So most likely no one's going to have this tech this year.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Probably not first. Definitely not last. This isn't a patent on the concept of in screen FPS, it's on a specific design. Others already have patents on other ways of doing it.

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

ZOMG Apple invented the curved edges in a screen. ZOMG they are truly innovators.

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