Your next iPhone may be able to protect itself from falls and ward off intruders using a biometric fingerprint sensor. Your future MacBook could come with a detachable display that gets charged by its base wirelessly. According to Apple’s portfolio of patents, these are just a couple of possibilities that could become a reality. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a slew of new patents in recent months, offering a glimpse of what’s to come. There’s no telling which innovations will actually debut in the Apple Store, but these are 15 exciting ideas we’d love to see come true.
It’s no secret that modern smartphones are debuting with bigger displays, but a future iPhone screen may extend around the entire device. A recently published patent application from Apple titled "Electronic Device With Wrap around Display" showcases a prototype for such a device. According to the filing, this phone would come with a form factor that is thicker in the middle and thinner near its edges. This wrap-around design could theoretically allow users to display two apps at once and could also enable easy content sharing, whether it be video or photos.