Article: Apple Smart Bezel Patent

Discussion in 'iPad' started by urkel, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. urkel, Feb 29, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    With "Buttongate" building up I thought I'd just fuel the flames with this old article about the Apple Smart Bezel patent.

    Patently Apple: Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details!


    Personally, I much prefer buttons over touch but I'm open minded to seeing if Apple can amaze us once again by taking something that exists but making it useful and practical.

    Edit: Too bad I used a stupid word in this post. It completely distracted from discussing an amazing patent that would explain the bezel.
  2. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Why are we calling this "buttongate"? First of all, I'm sick of everything having a "gate" attached to it. Second of all, it's usually when something has gone wrong. (Batterygate, Antennagate).
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  4. phillyred79 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hmmmm... I can envision a translucent black traditional bezel around the iPad 3, but with lighted icons shining through that are touch-sensitive and can be positioned where you want them to be so that you can still hold your iPad comfortably without touching the icons accidentally. They would move accordingly in either portrait or landscape mode and you could save their positions. Perhaps the traditional Home button, volume control, and screen orientation lock/mute would be icons.. I dunno.. Maybe a little cheesy- I still like having physical buttons and switches to actuate.
  5. Doombringer macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2012
    A play on Watergate.

    And yes, this patent does lend credence to the claims of a touch-only Home button. It's possible.
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    ^ Except that Watergate and Antenna Gate were problems (not even on the same level but I understood it). This stupid idea that the potential missing home button is an issue or the inclusion of it on the newest iPad being a problem is just as I said, stupid.
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Let's call it StupidGate then. :D

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