Apple should have made an application for a patent for a radar system that detects actions of the user on the screen of a smartphone. By replacing the legacy touchscreens, this technology would allow Apple to develop the iPhone’s most purposes, since the radar occupies less space.
After years of research, Google has finally decided to use the radar of its chip Soli on a smartphone by 2019. Thanks to this technology, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL detects the gestures of the hands of the user, which allows you to control the device without touching the screen. Unfortunately, this feature does not seem to be unanimous. And it is possible that Google decides to drop it on its next models.
On his side, Apple could also explore a similar technology, but with a different goal : to make the iPhone thinner. According to an article published by the site Patently Apple, the latter has recently discovered a patent application from the firm of Cupertino in the United States that describes a screen with a radar that detects and interprets the actions of the fingers of the user on the glass. This technology could replace touch screens and traditional, could help Apple to reduce the thickness of its mobile devices, because the radar takes up less space. The technology could be used on smartphones, but it would also have an interest in other types of devices.
— Patently Apple (@PatentlyApple) July 30, 2020
Intellectual property, which may say a lot (or not)
The idea is very interesting. But there was nothing to say for the moment that Apple will actually use this new type of screen on a commercial product. In fact, companies like Apple settle of very many patents, but do not use them all. In any case, the intellectual properties of a company we provide an overview of technologies of interest to it.
Regularly, the intellectual properties of Apple we also give an overview of the research of the firm of Cupertino on the screens foldable and on the augmented reality. The patents of Apple on the augmented reality corroborate the rumors that the firm is in the process of developing augmented reality glasses (which could even be presented this year). Recently, we also mentioned a patent which describes a computer keyboard with keys in the glass through which symbols do effaceraient more easily, and that could improve the design of the MacBook.
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