Apple Granted New Patent That Could Add Touch to Device Bezels

Posted July 2, 2013 at 2:12pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7055 views

Apple has just been granted a new patent for a technology that could one day bring touch capabilities to the bezel of a device. The bezel could selectively activate and deactivate depending on how the user is holding the device.

For instance, bezels in future devices (especially smaller ones like the iPad mini) could still have the normal bezel, however, when not needed, the bezel could be used for touch controls or even blend in with everything else on the screen.

Display devices and methods for operating the same are provided. In one embodiment, the display device has an electronic display having an active area for presenting visual content; a housing holding the electronic display and having an opening allowing a person to view a first portion of the active area; and a bezel about the opening, the bezel covering a second portion of the active area and providing a window through which at least a part of the second portion can be viewed. A sensor system senses when a person is close to touching the bezel or when a person is in touch with the bezel and generates a sensor signal; and a controller is operable to adjust the appearance of the active area in the part of the second portion when the controller determines that a person has touched the bezel or is close to touching the bezel.

The patent was filed July 3, 2013.

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Weewillie spunker - July 3, 2013 at 2:22pm
How do you hold a device that has touch surfaces EVERYWHERE?
T Hui - July 2, 2013 at 3:16pm
plus I speak 5 languages (cus I am Chinese)
T Hui - July 2, 2013 at 6:47pm
Seriously, stop using my name!!! I'm the real T Hui.
T Hui - July 2, 2013 at 3:11pm
excuse me for being Chinese but why are you always inserting Chinese in your shitty posts. We as a IT superior population are far more superior than any redneck UAS labour. So get your facts right and realize that the Chinese are more educated, more motivated and above all the cleverest people on this planet
Muhammad - July 2, 2013 at 6:31pm
T Hui Chinese Rock Man - I love China they are our best friends 万岁,中国和巴基斯坦 Thank you
the Real NoGoodNick - July 2, 2013 at 3:06pm
Can anyone tell me that if they were able to get an IPhone for under $200 with a 2 yr plan would they not grab that deal compared to Samsung at $400. with a 2 yr deal let me know as im curious.
the Real NoGoodNick - July 2, 2013 at 3:01pm
Well if that is all they come up with I think I'll switch to Samsung. I am so tired of all this back and forth nonsense. Let the iphone be put together in good old USA and not in nose picking China where labour is so cheap that perfection falls below average compared to USA.
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