Apple Inc. has a genius idea for using an iPhone with a single hand. Now, you do not need to buy an iPhone SE if you want a phone that you can use with one hand. An Apple patent describes how an iPhone – in the future – could detect how it is being held, and then, automatically move interface elements for optimal thumb reach.
Apple wants you to use phone with one hand
So, if you are using your left hand, then the buttons will move to the left, and if your thumb is near the bottom right, then the buttons could be there as well. In addition, Apple Inc. says it can implement the feature with present iPhone hardware, suggesting this sort of smart UI shifting could be an update away.
Some techniques including monitoring the accelerometer and gyroscope of the device, can track the changes in signal performance as user moves their thumb across the display. Also, the Cupertino-based giant could just look at what thumb the user used to log in with TouchID.
People with relatively small hands prefer Android phones or iPhone SE. To overcome this, manufacturers began implementing manual one-hand modes, but those phones are quite clunky for regular use. Thus, an automatic one-handed mode could be a game changer for Apple, and possibly help in reducing the issues people have with bigger iPhones like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus.
Still, the Silicon Valley giant is considering specialized hardware, such as touch sensors on the body of the phone for better accuracy, possibly a the better choice in the long-run. The iPhone maker, in fact, is considering similar technology for an Apple Pencil (which will come in future) as well that will let the users adjust parameters using multi-touch, and allow it to sense things like rotation.
Apple Inc. also filed another patent application related to a stylus with multi-touch sensors along the body. This can determine the position of the fingers, and can be used for gesture controls on the corresponding device.
For instance, users may be allowed to scroll by running a finger up the stylus or maybe a corresponding action could take place on an on-screen object, when a user rotates the stylus in their hand. Or, the density or accuracy of the drawing on-screen could change, if a user grips the stylus tighter.
As it has been seen, there is no guarantee that these patent application will make it into a consumer product.
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