Apple’s iPhones and iPads could provide a privacy screen which, thanks to augmented reality, only allows the wearer of the “Apple Glass” to see the informationon on their screens.
Apple has said repeatedly that privacy is not a supplement, it is built in from the start, and that seems to be demonstrated by the search for the next “Apple Glass”. New proposals show Apple how to use Apple AR to effectively create ways to further protect privacy.
“Privacy Screen”, a new patent application, offers a way to limit what anyone, except the owner of the device, actually sees. It is specifically intended to eliminate the need for polarized screen covers that reduce the viewing angle.
“[These] Traditional privacy screens attenuate some of the light in the direction perpendicular to the screen, which reduces the brightness perceived by the user, “explains the application.” To compensate, a user can remove the privacy screen when privacy is not a concern, in which case the user must store, transport and reinstall the privacy screen. ”
The application complains that these screens sometimes cause the brightness of the device to increase to compensate, which shortens the life of the battery. Above all, a screen can make it difficult to see, dramatically affects battery life, and still doesn’t prevent everyone from seeing it.
Apple’s proposal removes a screen placed on an iPad or iPhone and instead uses AR and “Apple Glass”. Although there are different approaches described in the application, the main one is a method of using the informationon presented on the glasses.
If you’re wearing Apple Glass and looking at your iPad screen, AR will make it appear as if there was a normal display on this device. To anyone around or even behind you, the iPad may seem completely blank.
It doesn’t seem immediately practical. It’s smart that AR can map a display on the iPad screen when you watch it. But it would seem wiser to simply put this data on the “Apple Glass” screen.
However, this proposed system would do more. In addition to passively displaying informationon to, the AR system would reveal that the controls were on the iPad screen. The iPad could then register the user by pressing these controls.
The result is that for everyone around you, it seems that you are tapping randomly on a blank screen. But for you, it’s just like using a classic iPad or iPhone.
Detail of the patent showing (on the left) a “blank” screen and (on the right) what the wearer of the Apple glass could see
In addition to relying on the iPad, or similar screen, to record taps, the app explains how a pair of devices can determine their relative position. In this case, the privacy aspect could be that when you lift your Apple, it recognizes that you are not looking at your iPhone.
It could route the required informationon to the phone screen and hide the phone screen.