Apple is a company with innovation in it’s blood, everything they’ve ever manufactured has either started a revolution or has been a topic of court cases. Apple reinvented the phone when they launched the first ever iPhone. I still remember watching the live keynote by Steve Jobs like it was just yesterday, him walking on the stage and talking about the new iPhone: a phone, an iPod and an internet device. Apple has come a long way since then, but their ideas are still at the top of things and they will carry on coming out with new and unbelievable products.
I read recently, that Apple Patented some ideas that will again be used in re-inventing the iPhone and other iOS devices in the near future. The ideas are really very interesting and hence I thought “what’s better than sharing them with iPhone and iOS device users”.
The patent, which was made public by Patently Apple, has been around from a while now but seem to have gotten better. As you can see from the above picture, Apple has been planning and working on the so called ‘Smart Bezels’ from quite a while now.
What exactly are these Smart Bezels and Indicators?
You know that left out space around the display of an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, the thin bezel that just sits there surrounding the display? Apple’s patent suggests that they will be using that part of the device as well, to add shortcuts and user configurable touch buttons that will make things simpler and faster to access. They won’t be visible if you don’t want them to, making them look as a part of the bezel, which it actually is. The buttons will be part of a secondary display which works on the principle of electroluminescence. The secondary display or the smart bezel will also acts as indicators for alerts such as new messages, e-mail, missed calls. There’s lots more that Apple plans to use this technology and I’m pretty sure you’d want to know more.
Read the complete design ideas at Patently Apple and I’m sure you’d be more proud about owning an Apple device than you were before reading this article. We can’t however, be sure if Apple will use any of the above Smart bezels and indicators in the next iPhone or iPod. This is still only a concept and has been around 2007, when Apple first began filing these patents. It’s been a long time since then, maybe Apple is waiting for a certain time for unveiling something that would re-invent the iPhone and iPod yet again. We can only wait!
What do you think of Apple’s Smart Bezel and Indicator ideas?