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

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48 Comments

46. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

The sad part knowing apple is they will probably screw it up. I hope the Note 8 will bring back the removable battery :)

40. mudcat626

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Lol, this is hilarious, Samsung Defense Force talking non sense. Do you think Apple is coming out with a red, green, blue rainbow screen? Yea right, Samsung is giving you the best screen they can. As usual Apple will make the tech work. Lies I tell you, lies. Yes, Apple will have to patent their spec oled screen, because Samsung will be looking to copy as they usually do. I am sure the Note 8 won't have FPS under the screen and by chance they do, it will be half baked. This is just too funny..... by the way, Apple waited till now to file patents, because the new iPad will have FPS under the screen........HA HA HA HA HA...

42. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

As an iPhone user, I am so proud to read your comment. How are you so unbiased and intelligent?

43. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol. You don't wait to file patents. Idiot. In fact the best practice is to file them before you even start funding it. I'll let you guess why but I am guessing you are not bright enough to figure out why.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The next iPhone will be great, but what will it do? I know what I need to buy it, if I don't get it, I keep my 7 Plus. I don't care what it looks like, all iPhones are nice looking to me.

37. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

Following in the wake of Samsung again.

25. BuffaloSouce unregistered

The Curved screen Apple is using has a different build than than the one on Samsung phones. It's perforated in certain spots and then bent. That right there would be enough for them to get a patent. They're didn't patent the use of curve screens to prevent others from using them like some people are making it out to be.

36. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

then why was samsung sued for using a curved screen? LOL

23. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Hm I hope this doesn't mean Apple can now sue Samsung for the Note edge, GS6 edge, GS7 edge, and the GS8. That would be sad as hell if they can.

15. mudcat626

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

You will probably see the under the display fingerprint scanner on the new iPad next month......hmmmm can Samsung counter?.......

20. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I doubt it but even if it does, I don't think Samsung needs to counter. Tablets should have bezels and have plenty of room for under glass FPS. Mobile phones need to be as mobile as possible with as big of a display as possible, tablets no.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

The biggest troll of all strikes again. USPTO is a fk joke.

13. NoAllegiance unregistered

After this 90%> screen to body ratio, the only thing forwads from here is foldable/rollable dispays that become tablets. Also, is devices under 5.5 inch as a flagship going to be obsolete next year?

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

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

11. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Yes Apple patented a display that made by Samsung. I still don't understand how patents work.

16. mudcat626

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Samsung made the screen to Apple's specifications. This screen is of a higher quality than Samsung uses on its on devices. I read that Samsung had trouble maker by the screens initially. But they finally are making the screens to Apples satisfaction. You have to remember Samsung is a manufacturer of Oled screens. So in that respect Samsung is just another vendor for Apple. So, yes, Apple can patent the screen, because it is their design and Samsung just manufactured it.

38. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

That is an absolute and utter lie. Samsung will keep the best screens for themselves. They have almost all the patents at OLED tech and Apple has almost none. You are just dreaming and trolling for Apple with a bunch of lies.

18. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Yeah I am shocked Samsung didn't patent the edge display in the states yet. Their legal team sucks or Apple is patenting crap they shouldn't like rounded edges and packaging again.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is a patent on a specific implementation of curved edges. It may or may not infringe on Samsung patents, but it will in no way stop Samsung from making them.

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: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

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

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Were-one-step-closer-to-on-screen-fingerprint-scanners-CrucialTec-obtains-US-patent_id94050 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: 2555; 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 .....lol

30. tedkord

Posts: 17532; 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: 17532; 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.

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: 2555; 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.

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