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A new patent application from Apple hints at a secondary screen display built within the bezel around the main touchscreen. This segmented Smart Bezel would allow control interactions in addition to the main display. The Smart Bezel not only makes use of the unused real estate surrounding the display, it will also minimize most of the 'greasy' fingerprints on the main touchscreen. If this new Smart Bezel comes to fruition it will confirm the rumors of Apple's future plans of eliminating the 'Home' button all together...
Apple has been teasing us with various smart bezel patents over the last year but a new patent application revealed by the USPTO today, provides us with how they're intending to implement this feature and the details will blow you away. Apple intends to introduce a method that employs a very cool secondary display scheme that utilizes a printed segmented electroluminescence display. Apple intends to use the secondary display to introduce a new set of illuminated indicators that would be able to morph into various controls for work and play. Illuminated gaming and productivity controls could be built into the face-side of the bezel and/or selected back-side areas of iOS devices like the iPad. Apple is about to raise the bar for interactive device interfaces that will, no doubt, put absolute fear into the hearts of every iOS device wannabe competitor....we could even see the Smart Bezel on other Apple devices as well, such as the MacBooks, iPod touches and the iPad.