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Ever questioned if your iPhone could work well with a display surrounded by a single bezel? So have the designers of the Apple iPhones. Rumours have begun to spread that Apple is building an impressive new design for their future released iPhone 8.

It has been reported that the next generation of iPhones will have the entire face of the phone covered by the display. A number of new patents have been filed by the Cupertino-based company. This is evidence that the company is searching for technology that will eliminate the popular Touch ID fingerprint sensor that is built underneath a glass display.

First, their goal is to remove the home button’s physical switch. This technology advance was achieved with the release of their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus, which was released last month. A regular iPhone user knows that this will increase more space on the face of the iPhone and create an edge-to-edge display. The only issue would be having the bezel along the top of the phone. Concept images have been displayed of what an edge-to-edge design would look like on an iPhone.

For now, Apple continues to use the bezel that is positioned above the iPhone’s display. The bezel houses the ambient light sensor, the front speaker, a proximity sensor, and a front-facing selfie camera. These features would have to be embedded underneath the glass, in order for it to be removed entirely. Sources see this as being impossible. That is until a new patent was recently discovered.

An insider for Apple was able to provide some insight to what the mobile device giant may have planned, with its future smartphone. Another option would be to have a few of the components relocated to increase the size of the display at the top.

The “Electronic Devices with Display-Integrated Light Sensors” US patent (no. 9,466,653) is for technology that would make it possible for Apple to incorporate a light sensor within the screen. This could be done and have no effect on the touchscreen display functionality nor the sensor.

Apple is attempting to embed the phone’s home button underneath the glass display. Light sensors are laterally displaced in typical devices, from the active display region that is along the device’s front face, which is explained by Apple in the patent. It is possible that it could lead to an undesirable increase in the weight and size of the mobile device.

 

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