Have you noticed that the iPhone hasn’t changed all that much since it was released in 2007? Sure, the iPhone 5 is faster, has a camera, has apps, and is a little bit taller, but the way you use it has not changed. There was a time when the iPhone could be the best phone without having to change much. However, that time is long gone and, these days, the Samsung Galaxy S III is as good, if not better, than the iPhone.
Apple will either have to add something truly innovative to the iPhone or accept a slowly shrinking market, courtesy of Android. We’ve combed through Patently Apple and have come up with 4 ways Apple may regain the iPhone magic by illustrating some of the more innovative iPhone patents. Whether or not the patents make it into an iPhone is anybody’s guess. Regardless, it’s fun to see what the iPhone may look like based on filed patents rather than tech pundit speculation…
Wouldn’t it be great if you could show your pictures and video to family and friends without them having to huddle around your small iPhone screen? Patently Apple gives a nice summary of the patent here.
Smart Bezel iPhone
Touch-screen technology is not perfect. Your fingers often cover up large portions of the screen, a problem which smart bezel around an iPhone display solves. Patently Apple gives a nice summary of the patent here.
Do you feel that you iPhone spends too much time at an outlet? One of Apple’s patents calls for a hybrid e-ink/LCD display, which would save battery life. Patently Apple gives a nice summary of the patent here.
Wouldn’t it be cool if augmented reality apps made your screen transparent instead of overlaying them on top of video on your screen? Patently Apple gives a nice summary of the patent here.