The Apple brand has lengthy lived on the again of the iPhone, however aside from wanting fairly, it hasn’t actually finished all that a lot. That, nevertheless, may quickly change. In response to a brand new patent that Apple has utilized for, the Apple brand on the again of the iPhone may sooner or later double as a notification gentle.
The patent describes an “adjustable ornament” that might react to indicators like “incoming communication.” It’ll do that by adjusting its look or flashing a light-weight.
In fact, the idea of a notification gentle isn’t new by any means. Loads of Android gadgets have supplied notification lights, that are mainly small lights someplace on the cellphone’s physique that flash or flip a unique colour relying on the notification obtained. It may be a useful function for individuals who need to be certain they don’t miss something main with out having to select up their cellphone on a regular basis.
As famous by Apple Insider, the idea wouldn’t essentially have to use solely to iPhones both. Up till just a few years in the past, the Apple brand on the MacBook lit up while you opened the lid — and it’s actually attainable that Apple may deliver again that design component, or port it over to the iPhone.
The patent itself notes that the “ornament” would include a clear layer, together with an adjustable optical element that may change how gentle would seem by means of that layer. For instance, you may get a tint impact, a haze impact, a mirror impact, and so forth — and people results may presumably be tweaked by means of the Settings app on the iPhone. If the idea seems to be as efficient because it appears, the brand on the system may find yourself wanting just like the way it at the moment appears to be like — and solely change when there are notifications.
The patent particularly refers to a “mobile phone,” which means that Apple is especially contemplating the tech for an upcoming iPhone mannequin, relatively than for a Mac or one other system. That mentioned, the photographs within the patent additionally present a laptop computer and an iMac.
In the end, Apple recordsdata patents for every kind of tech — and it typically finally ends up not utilizing these patents, so it’s attainable we’ll by no means see a notification gentle on the iPhone.