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Apple's iPhone light, proximity sensor patent

updated 09:45 am EDT, Thu April 19, 2007

iPhone sensor patent

Apple's latest patent has surfaced relating directly to its forthcoming iPhone cellular handset, describing the device's methods for sensing or determining user activities and responding to those activities. The patent discusses iPhone's uses of artificial intelligence, accelerometer, and specialized sensors to lock the user-interface when certain actions are taken, likely when users hold the phone aloft beside the head to speak. Interestingly, the patent presents alternative embodiments to the original iPhone design, such as a flip top design.

by MacNN Staff




  1. robban

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flip top design

    It's not so strange they want to hide the design of the phone when applying for a patent ahead of the product launch.

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