Apple: patent reveals how the iPhone will lose its notch

iPhone without notch

Recently the news came that Apple would be developing smartphone prototypes without the beloved notch. Such rumors were absorbed by the community with great enthusiasm and indicate a significant evolution in the iPhone.

The matter takes on more detail after we get to know a new patent submitted by Apple. In this document, the American company reveals the methods that will enable it to eliminate the non-consensual interruption on the screen of its smartphones.

Apple wants to embed Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone screen

Submitted to the competent American authority, this patent reveals Apple’s plans to place the biometric authentication sensors under the screen. Something that will abolish the reason for the existence of the notch introduced with the iPhone X.

iPhone without notch
Concept of the appearance of an iPhone without notch

Apple is quite enlightening in the intention of this new document. It can be read “… the array of photodetectors … can be configured to operate as a front camera, a bioauthentication sensor or a facial recognition sensor“.

Thanks to this solution, Apple would not only move the essential Face ID sensors into the iPhone’s screen, but its front camera. Such sensors will be able to generate two-dimensional and three-dimensional images, as well as record video.

The same patent also includes Apple’s desire to use these sensors to recognize the palm or even the retina. In other words, this technology will open the door to a new range of options to authenticate the user.

iPad will also be covered by this technology

If Apple is successful in developing the technology associated with this patent, its line of tablets will also benefit. Tablets are in force in the description of this patent as some of its beneficiaries.

Interesting is the fact that Apple still mentions devices wearables. That is, the Apple Watch may also benefit from this technology, however, we do not know very well how.

As with all patents, there is no guarantee that it will be applied. This document is only for legal approval of work already done by Apple’s Research and Development department

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