Apple patents in-screen speakers, flexible displays and tactile keyboards for future iPhones, iPads

“Apple has published a new patent today, one that takes the possibilities for future iOS mobile devices and adds a whole heap of abilities seemingly ripped from sci-fi thanks to flexible display technology,” Darrell Etherington reports for TechCrunch.

“Some of this we’ve seen before: tactile keyboards that essentially rise up to meet your fingers have long been a theoretically possible addition to screens, and there’s been talk of Apple using them in the past,” Etherington reports. “But a display that’s also a built-in surround sound system? That’s new.”

Etherington reports, “The things flexible screens enables, specifically a reduction in the number of holes, ports and other breaks in the external casing of mobile devices, are perfectly in line with Apple’s gadget design strategy, so look for them to use this kind of thing as soon as it makes economic sense to do so.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

8 Comments

  1. Etherington reports, “The things flexible screens enables, specifically a reduction in the number of holes, ports and other breaks in the external casing of mobile devices, are perfectly in line with Apple’s gadget design strategy, so look for them to use this kind of thing as soon as it makes economic sense to do so.”

    No, the thing a truly flexible screen allows is for me to finally have a Global!

  2. I want a screen with the FaceTime camera(s) hidden behind the screen. That’s the one annoying thing with FaceTime calls. If you’re looking at the person, it’s obvious your eyes are not looking at the camera and it appears you have 2 lazy eyes.

  3. The MDN app on the iPad using iOS 6 does not look right in landscape mode. The list of posted items is cut off on thebrightbhand side by the window showing the selected item.
    Please fix it so that MDN looks better.

    Thanks

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