Apple has received patents for a frameless display and built-in Touch ID screen

Just before the release of the new iPhone 8, Apple managed to register 56 patents in

US Patent Office. Two of them (9,652,066 and 9,652,096) are of particular interest, because they are directly related to the use of a frameless display and to the Touch ID sensor integrated into the screen, which allows you to activate the device with a simple click anywhere on the screen.

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Before that, there are a lot of new device features about thesesaid, but so far there has not been a single confirmation of these facts. Thus, the registration of these patents is indisputable evidence of what to expect in new products from a Cupertino company. And while it’s too early to say whether these patents will be implemented in the upcoming iPhone 8, it is clear that Apple has certain plans to abandon the old design and switch to using a frameless display in the near future. It is interesting to note that this patent was originally filed for registration in January 2015, while the patent for Touch ID sensor was filed for registration in July 2014, which indicates the long-term plans of the company regarding such changes in the design of manufactured products.

Display Patent Describes Screen Usagewith curved edges, which provides the user with more useful space on the display, although at present the functionality of the lower frame of the screen is in doubt. Most likely, this relates to the placement of the Touch ID sensor on the front panel, which will also house the Home button.

As for the Touch ID sensor, Apple detailsdescribes how to integrate a fingerprint scanner between different layers of the screen. This technology currently seems too complicated, but we believe that Apple specialists will cope with this task.

The patent also mentions a new 3D scanner,which may be supposed to be used in conjunction with Apple TV. It can also be associated with a Microsoft Kinect device, as this will allow users to perform interactive actions in games or when viewing other video content.