An Apple patent published today describes “a next generation iPhone that would effectively offer us a smart hybrid display that could switch between a standard LCD and an e-Paper display,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In fact, it’s so smart that the display could actually subdivide itself into quadrants that could intelligently switch display types depending on the content that the user is running,” Purcher reports. “That would work very nicely with Apple’s proposed use of Spaces on future iOS devices.”

Purcher reports, “Apple patent covers systems and methods for switching between an electronic paper display and a video display based on at least one feature of visual content. According to Apple, control circuitry in an electronic device could analyze visual content to determine one or more features of the visual content.”

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