Apple grants two patents that could help protect iPhone screens from spying eyes

Apple was recently granted two patents that could allow the company to develop technology that would make it harder for snoopers to keep an eye on your iPhone or Mac. Innovative screen technology can help protect the information shown on a display by limiting the viewing angle of the display – this could replace the multi-purpose screen protectors used by smartphone users who try to achieve the same result . The company has explored two ways to implement privacy features into its products.

of apple Recently granted patent ,Via Apple Insider) refers to the use of a ‘privacy film’ that would be applied to curved displays to protect the screen’s contents from people nearby. The document describes the use of a film having a light-blocking layer with opaque and transparent sections that are “interposed between first and second transparent substrates”.

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A privacy film could help reduce the viewing angles of Apple’s displays
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As a result, displays equipped with privacy film will only show the screen’s contents clearly to users sitting in front of the display, while providing a distorted or blank view to other users who are trying to view the screen. However, the screen content will still be visible from certain angles, allowing people sitting behind the user to keep an eye on their activity.

of apple second patentPublished on November 21, ‘Displays with adjustable angles’ are discussed. It describes the use of an angle-view layer consisting of adjustable light blocking structures made using electrochromic materials between the first and second layers of the display.

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Apple may develop displays with adjustable viewing angles
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According to Apple, displays using this technology will allow users to apply a current to the first and second electrodes that will make the electrochromic material opaque and prevent nearby viewers from seeing what is on the screen. This process is reversible using electric current across the same electrodes which will make the material more transparent and improve the viewing angles of the screen.

It’s worth noting that Apple has been granted several patents and there’s no indication that the company plans to bring new privacy protection technology to its displays. The company is believed to be working on making its wearable mixed reality headset a successor to the iPhone in the next decade. These devices provide better privacy because the virtual display is only visible to the person wearing Apple’s spatial computer.

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