Crazy Idea? Back of the Phone...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by scottcampbell, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    Where can the iPhone evolve from here?

    Here's one idea - let me know if it's crazy.
    A display on the back of the iPhone. (Yes, everyone would need clear cases.)
    This doesn't have to be a big battery drain - E Ink would do.

    Used for photography and videography.
    Frame your pictures (make sure your whole family is in the shot) using the outlines shown on the back of the phone.
    Something I would use: a teleprompter. Shoot a video using the high-def rear camera, read the words on the back of the phone that are synchronized via your voice.

    When not taking photos or videos, it could be "always-on" with the time and the Apple logo.

  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Not everyone. Some people do not use cases. At all. Ever.

    Crazy huh?
  3. scottcampbell thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017

    So, what do you think? Would you find a low-power rear display useful?
  4. areyes163 macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2012
    Wouldn’t mind it. There is another phone that does it already. Would be cool though. Or even just a smaller screen to see through the camera would be nice.
  5. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    They had these on point and shoot cameras, they fell out of favour because nobody used them.

    How about a notification light?
  6. KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
    How about same camera on the back and front of the iPhone.

    What if, you were only allowed to take videos in landscape mode? That would be crazy.
  7. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    It would certainly make watching videos on news sites a whole lot more tolerable. No more yelling "rotate your phone, dummy!" at my computer.
  8. FunkyTang macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
  9. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Exactly ... been done with E-Ink and colour about 3 x over in the last 4yrs.

    Use cases:
    email, sms, missed call alerts, application 1 line (40 - 80 characters) notifications.

    majority of these times, the end user WILL (e.g. modern world smartphone addiction) open the actual application (3D touch of course) to view the full content for proper context. Like missed calls to return the call back - even if checking the same missed call a second time if you're too busy to return the call the first time.
  10. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017

    The next big addition to the iPhone will be a rear facing ‘True Depth Camera’ system for vastly improved AR capabilities. This will be the only thing you see coming to the back of future iPhones. This will consist of similar/the same technology on the front. However, the rear system will use significantly more power because it needs to use more energy to project the infrared radiation further into the environment than it does to strike your face using the front camera system.

    This will give the computer vision and allow AR view-finding through the camera to improve astronomically.

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