Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms

Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms
Apple has received a patent that could help prevent iPhone users from suffering "luminescence shock." This can happen when a handset is turned on in the dark and the display immediately is too bright for the surroundings. After a few seconds, the screen finds a more appropriate setting and tones down the brightness. But the user's eyes have already been "shocked" by the bright display. Apple's new patent, called "Luminescence Shock Avoidance in Display Devices," would have an iPhone limit the brightness level of its screen when the device is activated in a dark environment.

How is this done? The ambient light sensor on the device reads the amount of darkness in a room, and when the phone is turned on, the brightness of the screen would immediately be at the correct level for the occasion. Why is this important? Because users can be temporarily blinded by a bright screen when one is turned on in a dark room.

The patent, first filed in January 2007 with the USPTO, also details how an iPhone screen can prevent "luminescence shock" without the ambient sensor. This would be used to prevent the screen from becoming too bright after the phone receives a call or a message. In that scenario, the patent says that the screen would turn on at a reduced brightness level. And this could also help stretch out a handset's battery life by preventing the screen from lighting up so brightly whenever a phone call, a message or a notification is received.

Currently, Apple offers a Night Shift for certain iPhone and iPad models running iOS 9.3 and higher that not only reduces brightness, it filters out blue light to reduce eye strain.

source: USPTO

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23 Comments

1. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

What a fk joke. Patent for auto brightness mode which they only made up a name for it?

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Surprised? That's just what they always do.. And they call it "innovation".. And soon other will follow /s

4. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

This is Apple for ya. Innovation at its best

8. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

This was in Android many years ago. But as the late Steve Jobs said, Good artists copy, Great artists STEAL.

12. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Did you read the part where the article says "The patent, first filed in January 2007" That's before Android even existed.

13. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

File a patent for something they haven't invented nor implemented until many many years to come. Now tell me is that correct?

15. Venom

Posts: 3418; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You can't move the goalpost back after being proven wrong.

18. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I'm sorry the what now?

21. Venom

Posts: 3418; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

16. TitaofManila

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 17, 2018

Its a patent filed 2007 that recently approved you can file a patent that is improved or better implementation from the what is built upon. Smh

22. audibot

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

thats before iphone existed moron

23. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

But not before Apple existed. It also coincides perfectly with when they were building and developing the iPhone. Read the source link for proof before you beak off with insults.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Right - didn't they have auto brightness, true tone and that new stuff, that makes screen yellow in the evening (f.lux stuff)?

17. TitaofManila

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 17, 2018

Wow these a holes are making fun from a recent approved patent filed way back in 2007. Guys if happen to read the article it says it was filed 2007 but just approved. God. Hating a company for the sake of hating. That's really tacky no wonder. Smh

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Ground breaking innovation.... Well done apple ...

20. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

In 2007 it was. I wish android sheep would use at least two brain cells sometimes, or at least read the article before jumping straight to comments.

5. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Auto Brightness?

6. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

That's Apple for ya, sheep! Claim claim claim!

7. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Wow, same time first iphone announced. Also check this outhttps://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1302779

9. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

So auto-brightness...

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple sucks, so they just renamed auto brightness. Nokia phones has this for ages!

19. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“The patent, first filed in January 2007”. I’m curious, which Nokia phone had auto brightness before then?

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Eleven years to get a patent approved? And for something as simple as waking up the ambient light sensor sooner? Mind blown...

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