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Apple has actually been given a panted that, among other things, exposes the business’s possible plans for a versatile, curved iPhone with virtual buttons.
The patent was originally filed in 2011 and first surfaced in March 2013, however as of now it formally belongs to Apple.
The images from the patent, initially seen a year back, reveal a curved iPhone with a wraparound display that grants it extra area able to show five apps per row.
The hypothetical new iPhone can make use of numerous electronic cameras to track users’ faces and adjust the display accordingly.
In addition the patent covers virtual buttons, which would be a first for an Apple mobile.
Apple has long stood by its physical home button, and the volume and lock buttons have constantly seemed necessary as well. However this patent shows that the input setup of Apple’s iPhones couldn’t be as cemented in stone as one may have thought.
The volume control in this variation is still on the left side, but has some added functionality. For example, the volume value would be visible at all times, and touching the virtual buttons in a certain method could broaden the control to cover the whole left side of the phone, providing users finer control.
In addition the lock button’s functionality might hypothetically be managed making use of touch motion’s on the phone’s sides.
Now that Apple’s been given this patent, will we see all these functions in the iPhone 6? It appears unlikely, but you never understand.