Apple’s next gen smartphone could feature extra controls and inputs embedded in the bezel, a freshly uncovered patent suggests.
Unearthed by the good, good people at Apple Insider, the filing shows a handset with what’s effectively a secondary screen in the bezel that surrounds the primary display.
This would house virtual buttons for launching apps and accessing features with a new set of gestures. And perhaps more importantly, would free up screen real estate for other things.
The patent, which was filed back in 2009, casts serious doubts on earlier reports that Apple could opt for a groundbreaking touchscreen-only phone this time around, with a vast screen that does away with the bezel and physical buttons entirely.
Either way, we ought to find out one way or another soon. Despite speculation that the iPhone 5 wouldn’t ship until the third quarter, it now looks like the time-honoured June refresh is back on like an on thing.
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