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Apple Patents Electronic Devices With Sidewall Displays

Apple has filed the patent for electronic devices with sidewall display technology. This patent will allow Apple to grow their smartphone users even more.

There are many companies that are working on this display technology. The importance of better display technology arises from the fact that the user wants to see the picture in better quality than before.

Apple has gone one step further and developed a technology that might change the whole experience of using the electronic device like the smartphone.

Why this technology?

There was the time when mobile phones were used to have the buttons. People have to use these buttons for any task they have to perform on their mobile device.

electronic devices with sidewall display

Then came the touch screen display. This technology changed everything. The physical button from the mobile device was removed. It also resulted in the increase in the screen size. But, in the initial phase companies tend to keep three buttons at the bottom of the device. But later when the technology advanced, they removed these buttons.

These buttons were replaced by a virtual button. The main objective of companies was to remove the physical buttons from the device so that user would have to press hard buttons. But, the side buttons remained in practice.

electronic devices with sidewall display

Apple has developed a technology that might help them to replace these physical side buttons with the virtual buttons.

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The side display technology would not only replace the side buttons but it might also help Apple to display certain information in the side panel. The side panel might be used to display the notification or volume or even call button could be placed on the side panel. The main aim of Apple id to enhance the user experience of using the smaller electronic device.

How does this technology work?

Apple is going to use the flexible display technology in the electronic device for this purpose. The flexible display could include many layers that could be mounted on a transparent display cover layer made up of plastic or glass.

The flexible display would have the touch sensitive layer which would be used to take the input from the user. The display pixel of the layer would be used to give the visual output to the user.

The electronic device may also have a housing which would be used to mount the flexible display. The housing and the flexible display could also be used for the sidewall display of the device.

The active portion of the display would only be used to take the input from the user and to display the output. The active portion would be completely separated from the inactive portion using an opaque masking layer. There may be some opening on the front and the sidewall surface of the device.

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The active portion of the sidewall display may be used to create the virtual buttons. These buttons use could also be altered depending on the mode in which the user wants to use the phone. Also, these buttons use could be altered on the basis of the application that the user is using.

What’s next?

Apple has developed a technology that might change the whole experience of using the smaller electronic device like the smartphone. They might also add some new and cool functionality of the device.

Now, the next thing for Apple would implement this technology in one of their devices. They might use this display technology in the iPhone 9. People were surprised when Apple removed the headphone jack from iPhone 7. But, be ready as Apple might also remove the side buttons in next iPhone.

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