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New Apple Patent Covers Hovering Gestures For iPhone Displays

by • February 2, 2016 • No Comments

3D Touch was just a initially step. AppleInsider has spotted a new patent which may add a proximity sensor layer into your iPhone display. It may open up a brand new field of interactions for your phone with new hovering gestures.

Behind the scenes, Apple is considering of integrating small infrared sensors within a multi-touch display. Pixels may emit infrared light and monitor reflected signals. If the infrared light bounces back, it means which there is a finger above this area of the display.

As always with Apple patents, the company does not exclude via this innovation with trackpads and keyboards. It may be a great way to disable a trackpad if a sizeable portion of the trackpad is covered with your wrist. But this innovation manufactures additional sense with iPhone displays.

Apple has may already introduced another layer of interactions with 3D touch. Before 3D Touch, you may just tap, swipe and pinch on your display. Now there are two levels of pressure-sensitive gestures as well. And hovering gestures may add another set of gestures.

For instance, it may replace the long press gesture which lets you trigger the magnifying glass and move your cursor in a text area. It may in addition let Apple remove the proximity sensor which turns off your display when you are calling someone.

And of course, it may manufacture a lot of sense to use this innovation with the Apple Pencil. For example, you may hover over a drawing and press a button to erase an area. Samsung has may already integrated hovering gestures into the Galaxy Note phones.

In 2013, Apple acquired PrimeSense, the company behind the original Kinect sensor. Today’s patent shows which Apple is yet working on new ways to interact with your devices without physically manufacturing contact. But it’s unclear if or when Apple plans to use this patent in production devices.

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