Apple granted US Patent for ‘smart bezel’ hides portions touch display until needed, acts as secondary input

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touch-sensitive bezel that can serve as a secondary mode of input for devices with small screens, as well as change from transparent to opaque upon sensing a user’s finger,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“The patent describes a system in which a portable device’s display is partly overlapped by a touch-enabled bezel that is either partially, or entirely, light-transmissive,” Campbell reports. “In the patent, the screen is split into two sections, the uncovered ‘active viewing area’ and the covered ‘second portion’ of the display.”

Campbell reports, “The patent outlines a number of bezel state changes, including simple color-changes and light transmission, to more complex embodiments where the bezel itself turns from opaque to transparent.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.


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