Patent application reveals that Apple might cave and give iPhone users a long awaited feature

Patent application reveals that Apple might cave and give iPhone users a long awaited feature
One feature that many die-hard Apple iPhone fans have wanted to see on their device but never have, is a light built right into the rear-facing Apple logo to make it glow. Years ago, a kit was sold for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s that allowed users to modify their device and add a glowing logo to it. While the gang in Cupertino has never given in to what they might have considered a frivolous request, Motorola has finally given its fans something that they have asked for; a rear Motorola batwings logo that doubles as a customizable notification light can be found on the Motorola One Zoom. However, some using the latter device have complained that the logo/notification light lights up only one time to announce a notification.

But Apple these days is all about giving the public what it wants. As proof, you don't have to look past the latest iPhone models. The company addressed a couple of hot button issues by upgrading the camera system to include an Ultra-wide camera and a Night Mode for taking viewable photos under low-light conditions; it also hiked the battery life on all three new models. And based on a patent application Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a glowing Apple logo that doubles as a notification light just might appear on a future iPhone. The patent filing, titled Electronic Devices With Adjustable Decoration, was spotted first by AppleInsider.

Will future iPhones have a customizable notification light in the shape of the Apple logo?


The patent application discusses the use of a logo or other decoration on the casing of a phone to alert the user to a notification, a calendar reminder, and even the activation of the camera. This would be accomplished by using sensors or input/output devices to "detect events." The logo or decoration would be controlled by circuitry inside the handset.


The problem with a rear-facing notification light, of course, is that the back of the phone must be facing the user. If the device is placed screen side down on a table though, having a rear notification light makes sense. According to the patent application, different types of notifications could adjust the appearance of the decoration or logo. Most likely this is referring to the possibility of having different colors represent various types of notifications and alerts. For example, the Apple logo could turn red for an email, blue for an iMessage and green for a text. There even could be some level of customization that would allow the user to select the color of each notification.


Speaking about the iconic Apple logo on the back of the iPhone, to accommodate the square camera module found on the back of all three phones this year, the logo was moved lower down on the rear panel.

Apple originally filed the patent on September 18th, 2018.

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24 Comments

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 616; Member since: May 02, 2016

yaaaay .. my " APPLE LOGO " will shine, which means I can show off even better and it will satisfy my Ego more.

6. JetskiMark

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

I was hoping the patent would be a new way to achieve a notch-less display. I would not consider a phone (or a TV) with a notch, water drop or punch hole.

34. shonasof

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

A notched _TV_.... Damn that would be awful...

7. User123456789

Posts: 1020; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Notification light on rear panel? That is dumb.

9. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Long awaited feature? Lol I honestly thought that they will finally get rid of their stupid proprietary port and give them usb type C.

10. firebird191

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 05, 2019

bro, add some "tap to wake always-on display" feature...

11. Alcyone

Posts: 489; Member since: May 10, 2018

Personally, I think more people would ask for a more useful feature. Expandable storage, split screen, true mulitasking, etc. Those would prove much more useful, and I'd be surprised if more people asked for a light up logo. Apple isn't really listening to what people want. Never have and looks like thats gonna continue. Time for a new iOS update?

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

How about they finally bring the pop up call screen????? Jesus!!! It’s been on all other phones since 2010!!! They need USB C, larger storage, no notch, in screen finger print, customization, widgets, etc. How are you Apple freaks ok with missing out on so much.

14. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Never heard that iPhone fans were really asking for this. Not a feature at all.

17. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

This is lame to the extent that it is simply embarrassing. SMH

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What would be slick is not only an Apple glow logo, but with the ability to use as TouchID or to be able to open up quick actions such as opening the camera app. That would be slick.

20. CDexterWard

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why not make the logo the Touch ID on the back of the Phone? Then you can add your glowy shiz-naz and double down on usefulness. Would have been great on the X and it’s subsequent iterations.

23. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Because fps back of the phone is one of the dumbest thing ever.

21. Demo-jay

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

How about y’all stop comparing android to ios..if u want multitasking, split screen, customization ...go buy and android...or an ipad..if u need a basic phone for a quick call, texts and some games..the iphone is the perfect choice..

24. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"How about y’all stop comparing android to ios..if u want multitasking, split screen, customization ...go buy and android..." Word!

25. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Having notification light back of the phone is really dumb and i'm not expecting that to happen for iPhones.

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