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Apple patents a watch-like Digital Crown for the iPhone

02 January 2017 0

It's been over 5 months since rumours started to flow around that Apple might stick a digital crown on the upcoming iPhone. And we can now actually see some evidence or development in this front.

While the Apple Watch brought in a more customised way of interacting with your device, much of its success was from their new way of bringing unique control, the Digital Crown. This was brought in to provide a more physical feel to scrolling or interacting with your device.

Not only did Apple evidence of a Digital Crown like thing in the making for its smartphone, it has proved speculations straight on by parenting about the device which is being planned to be mounted into another.


The patent, filed as 20160378187 and 20160378189, states the device as "an exemplary rotary input that can rotate in a rotational direction as well as be displaced in a direction orthogonal to the rotational direction". And it depicts a Crown-like thing added to what looks like previous versions of an iPhone or an iPad as shown in the pictures.

This surely seems like a bigger change in the making as a Digital Crown shows a whole new sense of functionality in a device with such capability. This surely brings in the old click-click-click kind of feeling with the haptic feedback that we might experience from the new Digital Crown.


It's doubtful as to when this might actually be seen in a device but we can be certain it's not going to be anytime soon. With a clearer picture in perspective, what do you think about the impact this Digital Crown will bring to smartphones? Let us know in the comment section below.


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