Apple iPhone’s Side Display Virtual Button Patent Appears On PatentlyApple

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Every year, Apple presents its new iPhone loaded with advanced technology and innovative design. These iPhones set a new trend for other smartphone makers. From the past few months, it was rumored that the upcoming iPhone will be coming without any physical button. And now, a new report from Patently Apple gives some evidence on that. 

According to a new report from Patently Apple, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published Apple’s seventh granted a patent for iPhones with sidewall touch displays, proving that Apple had been working on this invention way before Huawei ever launched this feature.

As seen in the image below, we can see a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device with a flexible display having portions on multiple surfaces of a device. In the same image of the patent, the FIGS. 15 and 16 illustrate side views of a portion of an illustrative edge-display that includes virtual buttons for selecting software applications and more.

Apple's iPhone Side Display Technology Patent

As from the patent, Apple places emphasis on first and second active display regions. The display has a touch-sensitive layer that extends from the first active display region to the second active display region. On the other hand, the display has a third active display region with a straight edge that adjoins the opaque masking layer.

This Apple’s granted patent 10,521,034 was published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It was filed back in Q2 2019 and now it is officially published. This patent indicates that the tech giant is working on side display technology to ditch physical buttons.

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