Apple has filed for a new patent that shows a potential feature on the iPhone that would allow the owner to view on-screen content only through special glasses. If it comes to fruition, this new privacy feature would allow affected iPhone users to hide what they read or watch from those around them, such as on a subway train.
Obviously, Apple spotted the new Apple patent filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office earlier this week. It shows a diagram of how Apple wants to take it to the next level to make sure iPhone users have their privacy under their control. At first glance, the feature appeals to me because, god knows how many times, I tried to hide my chats, messages and even my WhatsApp movies on my iPhone screen when I was sitting in a subway train. .
Apple’s patent calls this feature “Privacy Eyewear” and defines it as a system that can display “vision corrected graphics output and standard graphics output on an electronic device.” Only the person wearing the special glasses will be able to see the screen content of the paired iPhone. These glasses could be the ones that Apple would work on in addition to its own mixed reality headset.
The exact specifics of the “Privacy Glasses” are not available at this time, but the patent states that the feature would allow users to “interact with the calibration graph to intentionally scramble the graphical output presented on the screen of the liner. device (iPhone). It only means that the content can be edited so that it appears blurry to anyone who does not use the special glasses to view it.
This technology seems very futuristic to me right now, and if it arrives in, say, two or three years, it could try to instill a new behavior in the use of phones. For example, you can check messages, notifications, and watch movies with glasses on, but holding the phone in front of you would be a bit odd. And since we’re talking about censoring screen content for the people around you, they would end up watching you staring at a blank screen or garbled content. But given that glasses and smart headsets are the driving force behind the next phase of phone technology, technology like this could very well be coming to make people feel more confident about their privacy.
Apple’s new patent also shows that it might intend to map additional features of an iPhone user’s face via Face ID biometrics. The patent reveals a new system that will be able to distinguish people on the basis of their hairstyles, beards, mustaches, glasses, no glasses, reading glasses, sunglasses, among others.
At the moment, these are just patents and they don’t necessarily come to fruition. And even if they do, companies take a long time to develop them for the masses. But the possibility of a technology like this is just as exciting.