New iPhone patent hints at button-less side display

Amid speculation on how the future iPhone will look, its patent suggests that the new product may include button-less displays on the side, a feature similar to the discontinued MacBook Touch Bar.

The release of a new Apple product always generates buzz. Now, people are wondering what the new iPhone 16 series might surprise them with. Will speculation about a rollable iPhone be confirmed?

According to the new iPhone patent, which dates back to the 12th of March, 2024, the new gadget will have a “sidewall display” to enhance the user experience.

The new display would allow users to use features faster and more conveniently. According to the document, “virtual buttons may include transparent button members, lenses, haptic feedback components, audio feedback components, or other components for providing feedback to a user when virtual buttons are activated.”

Apple patent

For example, things like changing to the next music track or instantly reacting to messages without needing to visit the app are some new shortcuts that can be found in the new iPhone.

The idea of having a side-touch display isn’t a new concept. In 2016, Apple introduced a new MacBook that included a Touch Bar. However, the idea did not stick, and it was discontinued in 2023.

While the patent explains the new display in great detail, it does not confirm that these new features will actually be implemented.

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