Apple iPhone 8 is one of the most awaited devices of 2017 and the smartphone is expected to come with some stunning features. There have been a lot of rumors around the device already, and if the latest patents by the US Patent office are anything to go by, they do hold some ground. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
Of all the patents granted to Apple, the most significant are the one for a bezel-less display, TouchID integrated screen and the portable 3D scanner patent. While the first two are connected to the upcoming iPhone, the last one could be an Apple accessory. The actual patent title is, ‘Reducing the border area of a device’ and as the patent does not mention a completely bezel free display. However, it definitely confirms that the iPhone 8 will sport really slim bezels or might even come with curved edges. iPhone 8 renders have showed similar designs in the past. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
It answers a lot of questions regarding the display. Also, Apple is rumored to use Micro-LED display for the screen, embedding the TouchID underneath, doing away with the home button. While there were conflicting reports of the embedded TouchID sensor vs the physical home button situated on the back of the device, the patent solves the doubt. The lower part of the device display can be used for registering finger touch to unlock the device applications. While iPhone 8 might come with the new display, Apple could retain the home button on the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the cheaper models of 2017. ALSO READ: Apple rumored to announce refreshed MacBook lineup at WWDC 2017
Though both the features might not be for iPhone 8 but for future iPhone models, it does tell us that Apple is considering what has been in rumors for so long. The Apple patent states, “This relates to methods and systems for reducing the border areas of an electronic device so as to maximize the display/interactive touch areas of the device. In particular, a flexible substrate can be used to fabricate the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel (referred to collectively herein as a circuit panel ) of a mobile electronic device so that the edges of the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel can be bent. Bending the edges can reduce the width (or length) of the panel, which in turn can allow the overall device to be narrower without reducing the display/touch-active area of the device.”
The third patent for scanning depth engine which could be an accessory or for some other Apple device like thee MacBook line. It can act as an optical 3D scanner. Apple’s WWDC conference is scheduled to begin on June 5 and like each year, the company is expected to make multiple announcements. Apart from software related announcements, Apple is also expected to announce the new line of MacBook devices, especially MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with more powerful processors. While iPhone series is not expected till September, leaks are already keeping Apple fanboys on their feet.