13 November 2018
The journey to reach that ultimate bezel-less design for the smartphones seems to be covering soon as many manufacturers are reportedly looking for a way to finally make it possible. Now a new patent published by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) shows an Apple device featuring a camera and a full sensor array under the display.
Patent Apple filed in June with the USPTO summarizes, “Apparatus, systems and methods for camera integration with cover glass and for processing cover glass to provide a camera window for an electronic device are disclosed.”
The patent also says that "The apparatus, systems and methods are especially suitable for cover glasses, or displays (e.g., LCD displays), assembled in small form factor electronic devices such as handheld electronic devices (e.g., mobile phones, media players, personal digital assistants, remote controls, etc.)."
We have already seen a few Chinese Android phones coming with an under-display fingerprint scanner, meaning more screen area gets available. But things are going further from here and the tech world may be finally getting rid of that annoying notch which more or less looks like an unwanted entity placed on the top side of the display.
Now, going by this patent, it looks like, Apple is aiming to attain a full-screen edge-to-edge design for its future line of iPhones. Apple iPhone X marked as the 10th Anniversary edition of iPhone and after that, we didn’t see any major refreshment in the design. But looks like the year 2019 will bring some major design changes.
According to the patent, Apple might use Corning’s DVTS glass tech to create the display cover glass. “Other examples of glass materials include, but are not limited to including, soda lime, borosilicate, and the like.”
This new cover glass tech also has the potential of being used in other devices as well like the MacBooks or MacBook Pros, as well as iPads.
Well, we are yet to see if these plans flourish in the coming year or not.