New iPad, iPhone bezels may one day be both smart and pressure-sensitive

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Phone and tablet bezels up to now have mostly just used up space, however Apple can change that in the future.

The iPhone maker has been exploring the idea of making the bezel conscious pressure, thus opening all sort of possibilities, a recently published patent has exposed.

The patent, titled ‘motion and touch input detection through force sensing,’ explains putting pressure sensors around a device’s bezel, in the corners or in other places.

These would theoretically supply even more opportunities for UI navigation and various other functions.

What’s it good for?

For example, a brand-new iPad game used a device with force sensors in the bezel may let users control the action by tapping on the bezel rather than the screen, and thus not obscure what’s taking place in the game with a thumb or finger.

In addition gadgets could end up being better at reading users’ inputs, like swiping to the right or left, a motion that’s typically unintentionally begun simply off the pressure-sensing touch display surface area.

There’s yet another possibility of iPad users being able to use the right-hand bezel to scroll up and down. In this example the virtual buttons under the bezel’s surface are not precise, however the gadget will react as a user’s finger or thumb gets closer to the ‘up’ area or the ‘down’ area.

The bezel saga continues

Clearly there are a lot of applications, however this is not really the first time Apple has actually dabbled wise bezels.

Another patent for a delicate bezel surfaced in July 2013, and it was thought it could be a hint that an Apple iWatch was in the works.

And back in 2011 yet another patent suggested that the iPhone 5 might include bezel controls, though undoubtedly that did not come to pass.