We know Apple and several other Android OEMs have been working non-stop to beat the notch. Some Android devices have already started introducing cameras under the display, which would give us a true overall screen state with no notch, cutout or anything like that.
For Apple, however, things are not that simple as the TrueDepth technology uses more sensors and therefore more space on your iPhone’s display. That doesn’t mean Cupertino has given up, however, and the latest information shows that the company is looking for every possible solution, which may even include the ability to hide the notch in case it can’t get rid of it entirely.
It seems that Apple has been looking for ways to hide your iPhone’s notch by expanding the device’s display when you’re not using the face recognition features. This idea was discovered by the guys at Patently Apple, where it appears as a patent in the US Patent and Trademark Office under the name “Electronic devices with adjustable display windows”.
“An electronic device can have a display with an array of pixels for displaying images. The display can have a window area. In operation, a component, such as an optical component, can operate through the window area. The window area can overlap a movable portion of the display. The window area can be operated in open and closed states. When closed, the movable portion of the display overlaps the window area and pixels in the movable display portion emit light through the window area. In the open state, the movable section of the display is moved away from the window area so that light for the optical component can pass through the window area. The optical component can be a camera or other component that receives light through the window area, or it can be an optical component that emits light through the window area. “
The patent mentions the possibility of creating a “window area” in the display in which every component required for Face ID can work if required. However, this window area would be covered by the display to hide the sensors when not in use.
Apple also explains that this display window might have a coating to reflect light when the moving display part is closed, and it could also use a mirror to hide the components, just like folded cameras in some Android devices. Still, there is no guarantee that this patent will ever be included in any future iPhone device, but it is good to see that Apple may be able to get rid of the notch on its iPhone devices in the future.
Source Patently Apple
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