According to report by AppleInsider, Apple has been granted a brand new patent by USPTO. The document describes a range of control mechanisms that could be utilized with flexible displays. The main purpose of the mechanism is to replace physical components with more durable and long lasting alternatives. It is also to create another method of detecting the output of sound, enabling haptic feedback and other features that will make using Apple devices more easier and convenient.
The new Apple patent goes on to describe a range of methods to utilize a flexible display for various input methods. It shows the users ways he can put flexible display material over actuators to create new buttons on-demand. The patent further gives ways for overlaying the material on current iPhone button features. This will provide access to the device whilst protecting it and providing a good and durable surface for the iPhone user.
As a result, this enables the Cupertino company to potentially extend the space of the device’s screen space. Hence, making it possible to build all display devices that can show buttons only when necessary. This makes everything seem so much more organized doesn’t it? These may even take the form of actual physical buttons as well. Created by actuators used under the display layer, the buttons will be pushed up on the display screen so you can feel the bumps and outline of the buttons.
The best part of it all is the use of diaphragms integrated into the display that can be accessed with a speaker to output sound or detect sound input by picking up vibrations on the flexible screen material. We’re guessing that this patent is mainly focused on the iPhone and iPad. However, not to worry MacBook users, there is a small part that describes how the technology would work on a MacBook trackpad.