“A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday indicate research into alternative input methods for iOS, namely a touch sensitive stylus and a device capable of customizing a user interface based on whether a user is holding it in their left or right hand,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Apple’s application for a ‘Stylus with touch sensor,’ as published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes a next-generation input device that incorporates an array of capacitive touch sensors along its body to determine the position of a user’s fingers,” Campbell reports. “Information gathered by these sensors can be interpreted as gestures for onscreen UI control. ”
“A second application for ‘Electronic devices with hand detection circuitry’ describes a method of employing specialized sensors to determine whether a user’s left or right hand is being used to operate a device, then customize the system UI for one-handed use,” Campbell reports.
“The invention could come in handy for a great number of iPhone 6 and 6s owners who find it difficult to wield enlarged handsets with one hand,” Campbell reports. “For example, icons, virtual buttons and other onscreen controls might shift to the right side of a device screen if it is determined that a user is holding the phone in their right hand. The process can be reversed for a left-handed user.”
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