This week we have already seen a patent that indicates New Sensors for the Next iPhone And now another patent has been filed by Apple. This time it indicates a device with invisible and sliding buttons on the sides, further reducing the design of the phone.
The patent, titled “Disappearing Button or Slider,” was filed for registration by Apple on April 15, 2021, but was only published later this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office under registration number 20210109567.
The description reads as follows:
An operable input device for detecting commands. The input device is capacitive based on deflection. The deflection of an input device’s metal structure causes a capacitive change that is used to control the function of an electronic device. The input device appears invisible because it is made of the same material as the housing. Invisible backlit holes can selectively make input visible or invisible to the user.
Thus, we understand that the iPhone 13 may adopt capacitive buttons on its side, which respond to touch with individual vibrations, in addition to being illuminated when necessary, indicating its location and function to the user. Is.
While the patent presents an interesting idea, it doesn’t guarantee that Apple will actually implement it on the iPhone 13, so it’s still possible that we’ll only see a visual revolution of its kind on the iPhone in 2022.
Would you use an iPhone with capacitive buttons on the side?