Apple would like to hide the Dynamic Island under the screen of its iPhones. The interactive double punch, inaugurated on the iPhone 14 Pro (Max), would therefore be even more discreet on the next Apple smartphone.
This invisible Dynamic Island could also be integrated into iPads, Macs, and Apple’s VR glasses (if they ever come out) Apple is rumored to introduce sensors under the screen on the iPhone 16 (Pro)
The new patent granted to the Cupertino giant was spotted by Patently Apple. It details how Apple would use technology under the screen and specifically refers to transparent windows that would house underlying sensors such as a front camera or a set of 3D gesture-related components of a VR headset.
A Dynamic Island on all Apple products, and hidden under the screen
For the iPhone, Apple can bundle its Face ID or Touch ID with other necessary sensors and blend them into an OLED panel to achieve a notch-free facade. Achieving this requires a complex design that includes a screen stacked with multiple layers of different materials and sensors placed at the bottom.
Apple’s patent shows how the manufacturer plans to make the Dynamic Island invisible / © Patently Apple
The manufacturer adds that this concept is not limited to the shape of the Dynamic Island. Apple’s approach could adapt to different shapes and sizes. More importantly, it could be positioned anywhere on the device screen, such as in a corner or at the top center.
This method would allow Apple to apply the transparent window to smaller form factors such as smartwatches or connected glasses.
The core function of Apple’s technology is notably similar to current solutions used by Samsung and other display manufacturers. For example, Samsung has already introduced the UPC or Under Panel Camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and improved it on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (test). On the other hand, this feature is rumored to come first to the iPhone 16 (Pro) which is only slated for 2024.
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