Apple inc. is (in)famously secretive, however like all companies it has to issue a list of patents to the USPTO ( United States Patent & Trademark Office) and these sometimes provide useful hints about its future products before the are officially unveiled. Apple has always sort ways to play smart by disguising its product patents with in-depth technicalities. Nonetheless, all you need is a little curious and sharp mind to decipher the cryptic messages hidden within these patents. In a long drawn review, techproducts brings you what the future holds for the iphone, drawing conclusions from comments from Apple executives, Apple patents and plain wild rumors. It may not come with the iphone 7 or 7s or there about, but chances are, it will definitely show up in the future iPhone – The Symbolic iPhone X.
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iPhone X will have a Joystick like home button
This feature totally negates the earlier “no home button” idea, but if Apple decides to stick with the good old home button for whatevery reasons — chances are the home button may evolve into something in the nature of joystick. The patent envisages the possibility of a dual use or multifunctional home button comprising of two operational modes. In the first mode, the Home button retains its standard functionality. In the second mode, the Home Button transforms into a pure gaming joystick. The transition from one mode to the other is rather simple through a pressure sensor that ascertains the amount of force applied and switches functionality to suit intended action. This looks like it could be serious fun for gamers in the future.
In the first mode, when force of 100 to 1000 g is applied to the multi-function Home Button, the multi-function Home Button may depress and the force may be interpreted as a press or button input. When the applied force exceeds the threshold of 1000 g, the multi-function input device may project such that it is positioned proud of the surface, thus switching the multi-function input device to the second mode – a gaming mode where the button acts as a joystick.
Apple’s invention would definitely benefit driving games and games which require much needed precision a joystick could provide. While it’s not a total gaming solution, it will be a nice feature if Apple found a way to retrofit the technology efficiently into their already existing Touch ID circuitry. Weird as the concept may sound at first, iPhone gamers may definitely like the idea.
—-Verdict: less likely
iPhone X will boost a significantly improved camera
One of the most notable area Apple is really trowing its weight on in attempt to improve its iPhone specs is its camera. Apple have strived to provide clearer, more precise and natural imaging abilities with each iPhone release, no matter how mediocre. This means the company would effectively upgrade current camera technologies or replace entirely to make room for better ones.Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular camera options in the world according to data from Flickr, which has led Apple to focus heavily on camera improvements over the years. In March 2015 Apple was granted a patent for a “digital camera with light splitter”. This patent relates to integrating a technology that consists of a cube that splits received light into three colours: red, green and blue. The cube provides three image sensors, each of which receives one colour ccomponent. This type of technology currently only exist in ‘high-end’ cameras making it possible for them to capture high-quality pictures, with more precise colours, especially if the picture is taken at night. The technology is not entirely new, but the trick would be in the miniaturization of the technology to fit into the iPhone. Currently, Apple’s iPhone are fitted with a camera system with pixels that capture the three component colours that end up occupying only a single image sensor; this means that they can fill only one third of the image sensor and the colours of the overall picture are not as accurate as they could be. If Apple eventually integrates the technology into the iPhone X , future iPhone X owners will get their hands on very high end camera specs only currently offered by the big players.
Image credit: USPTO
—-verdict: less likely
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