Apple patent shows more sensors integrated under the display, bezel-less iPhone inbound?
posted by Luis D. / Oct 11, 2016, 2:43 PM
Of course, an ambient light sensor's purpose is to automatically adjust the display's brightness according to the surrounding lighting conditions so that, for example, the screen is clearly visible under bright light or sufficiently dim while in the dark as to not strain your eyes. Literally all modern smartphones have one, and it usually lives on a bezel either above or below the display. Apple, however, is placing theirs under the screen itself, and claims the same technique can be applied for the proximity sensor as well.
However, there's a possible flaw with this design. The part of the display where the sensor is embedded might lose its touch functionality, but the screen real estate can be utilized to show non-interactive information such as time and battery life. Apple is clearly moving in an all-screen direction with these patents, and a bezel-less iPhone seems to be merely a question of time at this point.
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
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Bezel is there for a reason, removing it is going to be a bad idea despite how people want it.
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 2:51 PM 2
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I second that. Though thin bezels are good, zero bezels has it's cons in a scenario where the phone gets dropped. Heck, handling a 100%.bezelless phone without a case on it wouldn't be easy, nor be without a hella accidental taps.
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 3:01 PM 8
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I wonder how Samsung is going to design their all-touch S8 with Apple patenting these methods of hiding the sensors. It'll be interesting to see which design method turns out to be better. Will Samsung be able to develop one that allows the sensor to be hidden and still have a touch layer?
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 2:55 PM 4
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So apparently I got one of the iPhones that's "hissing" it's really low but I can still hear it. I called apple support and they said to just wait. Has anyone else had better luck taking the phone into a store?
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 3:10 PM 3
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You might want to worry about getting rid of that Note 7 in your pic first!
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 3:28 PM 3
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Mine is just fine. I ordered the iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB and so far no noise no matter how much stress the phone is under. What version do you have?
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 5:06 PM 0
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Wouldn't fingerprints on the screen cloud the sensor?
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 3:39 PM 0
Well if you cover the sensor with your hand right now nothin happens - I think proximity is a key here. Sensors scan the environment - not just color of darkness (hope that makes sense).
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 5:32 PM 0
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if Apple could pull the all screen iPhone right, i think it will be that "iPhone 4" era again or even the original iPhone.
posted on Oct 11, 2016, 8:46 PM 0
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I really hope this form factor turns out to be similar to the original Moto X (2013 I think). That phone had a 4.7" screen and is way smaller than the current non-plus iPhone. If Apple can provide that form factor with a bump to screen resolution, this should turn out to be really nice.
posted on Oct 12, 2016, 7:32 AM 0
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