Apple has filed a new patent that reveals a new feature called “Privacy Eyewear”.
This feature would let iPhone users see content on-screen only through special glasses.
Apple has filed a new patent for a prospective iPhone feature that would allow the owner to see contents on the screen only through special glasses. If made a reality, this new privacy feature will allow concerned iPhone users to hide what they are reading or watching from those around them.
Patently Apple has discovered a new Apple patent that was submitted with the United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week. It is a graphic of how Apple intends to take things a step further in order to ensure that iPhone owners have control over their privacy.
According to Apple’s patent, this feature is known as “Privacy Eyewear,” and it is a system that can show “vision-corrected graphical outputs and conventional graphical outputs on an electronic device.” Only the person wearing the special glasses will be able to see the paired iPhone’s screen content. These glasses might be the ones that Apple is working on in addition to its own mixed-reality headset.
The exact details of the “Privacy Eyewear” are not yet public, but the patent states that the feature would allow users to “interact with the calibration graphic to intentionally blur the graphical output provided on the device’s (iPhone’s) display.” This only means that the content could be changed so that it appears blurred to anyone who is not using the special glasses to see it.
Apple’s new patent also suggests that the company may be planning to map other features of an iPhone user’s face using the Face ID biometric. The patent describes a novel system that can distinguish people apart based on their haircuts, beards, moustaches, glasses, no glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses, among other things.
For the time being, they are only patents that may or may not become reality. Even if they do, it takes a long time for companies to develop them for the public at large. However, the prospect of such a technology is exciting.