From rear displays to dangerous GAS detectors, how your future iPhone could change drastically in the years to come

APPLE is very secretive about its future iPhone plans, but there’s a way to get a glimpse of what might be in the pipeline.

Like any tech giant, the company needs to protect its ideas from imitators very early on.

Idea for an all glass iPhone with screens on each side

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Idea for an all glass iPhone with screens on each sidePhoto credit: Apple/USPTO

These patents give us an idea of ​​what Apple and many others are working on — and could someday be in the iPhone you’re holding.

Big companies are always trying new things, and not all of them end up becoming reality.

So, until you hear an official message from Apple, take them with a pinch of salt.

For now, we’ve collected some of the most interesting iPhone patents to illustrate how the smartphone could evolve into something radically different in the future.

All glass body and a screen on the back

In November last year, Apple was granted a patent for possible all-glass devices.

A revealing illustration shows how it could be implemented on the iPhone, even with a screen on the back.

It would also have functional touchscreen buttons on the side.

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The idea would mean that all six sides – front, back and the four edges – of the iPhone would have the ability to display something.

Front camera hidden under the screen

Another patent, dating back as recently as April this year, suggests Apple may want to do away with its famous notch once and for all.

Instead, the company wants to hide the front-facing selfie camera under the screen.

This clever idea would allow you to have a completely full display with nothing getting in the way.

Color changing Apple logo

Apple’s logo is iconic and you can’t miss it on all of their products.

A 2020 patent shows how the logo on the back of an iPhone could be changed in color.

Typing in the rain

No smartphone works well with a splash of water on it and can cause all sorts of false touches.

Well, Apple wants this problem to be a thing of the past, according to a patent uncovered just a few weeks ago.

Documents suggest the company could use pressure and humidity sensors to detect “humidity events” and then adjust how the iPhone responds.

Dangerous gas detector

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One potentially life-saving feature Apple has been working on is a fairly unique gas detector.

An ozone sensor would sniff dangerous gas levels around the person and alert them about it.

Patented illustration of a person being able to use an iPhone even though it's wet

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Patented illustration of a person being able to use an iPhone even though it’s wetPhoto credit: Apple/USPTO
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