New Apple patent would embed light sensors into the display, hints at iPhone 8 technology

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2016

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) today awarded Apple a patent describing a process for embedding light-sensing sensors into a mobile display. The invention, titled “Electronic devices with display-integrated light sensors,” potentially paves the way for next year’s iPhone.

Apple’s new patent specifically mentions the ambient light and proximity sensors, which are found on the front face of the device, as being integrated into the display assembly.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and pundits in the know, like Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, the iPhone 8—or whatever a 2017 iPhone (or Tenth Anniversary iPhone) ends up being called—should be a major design departure from prior models as it would supposedly get rid of the chin and forehead bezels by integrating Touch ID and the front-camera along with other sensors directly into the display.
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‘Flash’ automatically displays a Lock screen flashlight shortcut when in a dark environment

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 10, 2015

From time to time I’ve been known to question the idea of jailbreaking my iOS device. I tend to waffle back in forth between loving it and being a little ho-hum on the idea.

Make no mistake, I’ll likely always be a jailbreaker as long as its possible, but using a jailbreak on my daily driver is something different altogether. Right now, my jailbreak has been relegated to my iPhone 6 Plus, my test device; but tweaks like Flash make me wish I still had Cydia on my main device.

Flash is a clever jailbreak tweak that presents a flashlight shortcut on your Lock screen when the iPhone’s Ambient Light Sensor detects you’re in a dark environment. Watch our video inside to see it in action. Read More


Email from Phil Schiller explains lack of ambient light sensor in 5th gen iPod touch

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2012

Yesterday we emphasized the lack of an ambient light sensor in the 5th generation iPod touch after initially highlighting the omission in our iPod touch 5th gen review.

Now a reader claims to have emailed Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, and received a response explaining the drop of the sensor. The reason for the omission? It’s just too thin. Read More


The new iPod touch lacks auto-brightness as Apple dropped ambient light sensor

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2012

Apple’s fifth-gen iPod touch is unable to automatically adjust brightness of the display depending on your environment because engineers unexplicitly dropped the ambient light sensor from the device. This eyebrow-raising omission is that more puzzling knowing all prior iPod touch versions had that sensor, a common feature on iPhones and iPads as well.

News of this ‘discovery’ propagated throughout the Interwebs today, but our own Jeff Benjamin made a mention of the lack of ambient light sensor in his video review of the new iPod touch from three days ago… Read More


Future versions of iOS could have simulated 3D UI

By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2012

One of the main complaints I get about iOS is that it’s getting boring (these people are obviously not jailbreaking). And to be fair, the platform hasn’t really changed much since it was introduced back in 2007.

But maybe Apple’s finally looking to switch things up. We’ve already seen some cool new tweaks in iOS 6, like the auto-tilting sliders. And now the word is, we could be in for some even bigger UI changes… Read More


‘PocketMode’ Conveniently Boosts Your iPhone’s Ringer While It’s In Your Pocket

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 14, 2011

How many times have you found yourself missing an important call because you simply didn’t hear it in the depths of your cavernous pockets or bag?

I’ve encountered that situation quite a few times myself, and unfortunately it led to me missing a few very important phone calls.

PocketMode is a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that aims to work around this issue by strategically putting your iPhone’s ambient light sensor to good use.

Interested in seeing how it works? Check inside for the full video details of PocketMode in action… Read More


Two iPhones Going Into Space to Help Conduct Research

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2011

As if the iPhone 4 needed any more publicity, the device is about to get some intergalactic marketing. Cult of Mac is reporting that a pair of iPhone 4s running research software are headed for the International Space Station next month.

The 2 devices are set to launch into the stratosphere on July 8, and will be running SpaceLab software. The iOS app will help the ISS crew determine their relative position in space as well as aid in several experiments. Want to get hands on with the app? Read More


Report: Apple Looking for New iPhone Ambient Light Sensor Supplier

By Guest Author on May 6, 2011

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple is on the lookout for a new supplier for the iPhone ambient light sensor. For those unaware, the ambient light sensor detects the light in the room and alters the screen brightness accordingly. Apple is allegedly unhappy with the current ambient light sensor supplier and has started to explore other suppliers for future iPhones’.

The report states that Apple is currently in talks with two different Taiwan-based companies: Integrated Memory Logic (iML) and Capella Microsystems. Capella is reported to already have shipped out several of its products to Apple for verification. Capella currently provides over one million ambient-light sensors a month to Taiwanese handset manufacturer, HTC. Read More