Apple patent application reveals smart bezel for iPad

“On January 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future iPad bezel that will allow for gesture and touch input detection through Force Sensing,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“This will allow for virtual buttons to be incorporated right into the iPad’s bezel,” Purcher reports. “Apple first revealed their initial work on force sensors back in July 2013 and various aspects of smart bezels in April and December 2011.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.


  1. I have never seen an article bragging about, or critical of Apple go unnoticed.

    But, articles pertaining to Apple’s future roadmap die on the vine like this one, or garner five or six comments at best. Why is that?

    Hard to wrap your mind around thin concepts, huh?

  2. Very interesting patent.. Though at this point with wraparound screens already known to be prototyped by Android OEMs and capacitive buttons already obviously on current smartphones they are going to have a rough time defending this patent. Also wouldn’t this mean an end to thin bezels in any Apple product it is used in?

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