PatentlyApple has been watching Apple closely for the patents that folks at Cupertino are filing at USPTO. The recent inclusion assigned to Apple is one of its kind piece of technology. The new revived bezel offers a secondary display built around printed segmented electroluminescence technology for various controls for work and play.
Secondary display is expected to surround the primary display and will only not be used to show visual content, instead, it is expected to provide illuminated controls. In the current iDevices, if the device needs an input from user, it will have to intervene with the primary screen and may overlap a visual content that’s currently being displayed. To overcome this, all input related controls are expected to pop on secondary display so that primary display continues to present visual content to the user.
This may evolve the device to have endless possibilities. This will welcome illuminated gaming controls which will only appear when you launch a specific app. This may also mean that Apple may replace home button to a virtual one which only illuminates as the hand approaches it. This can be visualized with the image below
If this ends up being used by Apple, this may provide better controls and will make you love your iOS devices more.