Apple Working on Displays with Privacy Viewing Mode Option

May 20, 2011 - 2 Comments


A newly discovered patent shows that Apple is working to build displays that have a unique ability to direct their viewing angle, creating a controllable privacy mode that blocks peripheral observation of the screen. This ‘privacy mode’ would be activated by something like a touch event that would instantly change the displays viewing angle. As usual, this patent was found by Patently Apple, who says:

The patent describes a method of allowing a user to steer display light beams in various directions to effectively provide themselves with a new privacy option. The new privacy option mode only allows those directly in front of the display to view its content. Anyone on the periphery would simply see a blank display

The patent diagram shows a design similar to an iPod Classic, but PatentlyApple says “don’t get caught up into the illustration showing an older iPod” because the patent application is focused on a wide array of touch compatible portable hardware, ranging from music and video players, to computers and televisions, and even medical equipment.

This is one of a variety of Apple patents that have surfaced recently that demonstrate just how innovative Apple is. Like all patents, this may never see the light of day in an actual product, but it does provide a fascinating insight into Apple inventions, and who knows, maybe we’ll see a controllable privacy mode in iPads sometime down the road?


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Mac


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  1. Skip says:

    Clearly as the picture shows they are also working on some magical spinny wheel sort of an arrangement…
    Could it be a new MP3 player?
    I wonder what will they call it… maybe something like MusicBox, MusicPod, MPod, myPod, iPod… who can tell.

  2. chaunced says:

    well, we all know what this would be used for

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