Apple patents hole-in-display selfie camera for the top right corner

Apple patents hole-in-display selfie camera for the top right corner
Apple has elaborated further and in greater detail on the hole-in-display solution to minimize bezels on "all-screen" phones. Some employ notches, some sliders, others trim the rims, and soon we may see small openings in the displays themselves that would house the front-facing paraphernalia, starting with the selfie camera.

Huawei has such a patent, and Samsung already presented this type of screen as an O-type in its new Infinity line of displays. The Infinity O is even rumored to end up in the Galaxy S10, Apple may be prepping something in the same vein, or simply doesn't want to be left behind patentwise in case it decides to drill holes in its displays instead of using top bezel protrusions to house the Face ID kit.

The fresh Apple patent's PDF has been unearthed by LetsGoDigital. It has been approved by the USPTO on November 8, but filed back in June, goes to great lengths to explain how it will all be done. While the patent mainly deals with the mechanics of drilling the cover glass in order to incorporate the front-facing camera's lens, it also mentions "or displays" in conjunction, inferring to cell phones while doing it. 

Thus, while under-display selfie snappers may be too big of a challenge for now, simply drilling a tiny hole or two in the screen package shouldn't be an insurmountable problem for companies of the Samsung or Apple rank, and we may see such flagships become mainstream as soon as 2019. If Apple indeed ditches the notch for this solution then, the irony won't be lost on all that copied this lazy design for no good reason, we hope.

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30 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1615; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

so samsung patented the top left side of the screen for the hole so apple patented the right side. hmmmm

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

It was filed back in June, you didn't read the article at all.

8. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Why patent a hole on a display Apple. It's not like you make any displays or cameras, or hardware in general. It's all the other OEMs that make this stuff.

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 643; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Apple patents a design and maybe a method to implement the design into a phone.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3074; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Samsung Patent all kind of screen holes,https://sea.pcmag.com/news/19182/samsung-patent-tips-smartphone-display-with-sensor-holes (and so did LG https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1060123495659593729/photo/1 ) Samsung show top-lefy hole in their Infinity-O on their recent event. But I'm sure other manufacturers can decide hole location when they order screen from Samsung.

5. umaru-chan

Posts: 322; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Read the article first. Then post comment. You can say Samsung copied Apple here because it was before even samsung showed this type display.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3074; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm pretty sure Samsung patented this screen hole way before Apple filed this patent.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Cant fix stupid

9. NateDiaz

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Where's source of your "pretty sure" claim?

13. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

First of all you don't hold an event to show off something that isn't patented. Use your head. Second, Samsung's patent for screen cut outs was filed internationally in May 2017. You can get the patent doc here: https://nl.letsgodigital.org/smartphones/nieuwe-smartphone-samsung/

17. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Nate Diaz: "Oh $hit.... Let me go hide now...."

21. thedizzle

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Or how he would tell people to sit down : "take your L" xD

23. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO..

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3074; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm saying that because I'm too lazy to google it. And it's just "make sense" to patent something before actually build it..

22. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

You're owned fool. LMFAO.

24. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

When was the patent made public though?

25. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If you're referring to the Samsung patent, Jan 2018.

2. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Rly for selfie camera? Or new iPhone? On patent is 3.5mm Jack.

10. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Apple has been spending too much on R and D that they even develop these kind of displays before other OEM’s, same with their foldable phones. Regardless of hardware similarities, the software will make it different from the others. Just like how good their gestures is compared to android. And also their trackpad compared to windows.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Samsung patent was filed in May 2017, a year before Apple even filed. So do tell how Apple is developing things ahead of others?

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3074; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Because it's Apple.. What else?

12. whatev

Posts: 2081; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I love android trolls defending Samsung’s notched displays, like Samsung was the original creator of the notch, these boys are hilarious AF :))))))

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I wont defend any kind of notch. If you need a notch of any kind, you failed at design. But for the asshats above who think Apple was innovating first is just hilarious (not that any of this is innovation at this point).

29. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep exactly

28. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

And those Android trolls love it when you defend anything Apple. Your hypocrisy is hilarious AF :)))))

16. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

There is a reason for everything and a patent for it all every little book and cranny of the phone. That’s another source of money these days

18. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Why is the patent designed for an iPhone 4...

26. KingSam

Posts: 1329; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

If anyone can help. Pull off display holes it's apple. Their devs will work around it like the notch.

30. Wazupmrg

Posts: 135; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Samsung and others are already on that. But I'm sure Apple needs the patent for when it actually launches 3 years from now.....

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