Apple Patents for Embedding Light Sensor in to the Display

by Pavan Kumar B.C 2

Apple is been granted a patent for embedding light-sensing sensors directly into device display which will let Apple make its iPhone without the top and bottom bezels. As per the Patent No. 9,466,653 for Electronics devices with a display-integrated light sensor, light-sensing apparatus are displaced from the display of the device.

According to this Patent, Apple has proposed to make sensors on display layers which could be seen on the next year’s iPhone. This means the ambient light sensor and proximity sensors will be integrated into the display assembly instead of the bezel on top and bottom of the display. There could be a possibility that even the front camera and the Touch ID may also be integrated to the display directly.

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The ambient light sensor or the proximity sensor will be interposed between the transparent cover layer and the display layer which could be LCD or OLED. This will be paving way to true full-screen display and would be saving the screen size on most of the Apple models like iPhones, iPads, and Macs.


“The display-integrated light sensor may be a packaged light sensor that is integrated into the display layers of the display or may be formed from light-sensor components formed directly on a display circuitry layer such as the touch-sensitive layer or the thin-film transistor layer,” reads the patent abstract.”

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This Apple’s embedded light sensor patent was filed in June 2015 while the invention is made by Apple engineers Erick G. de Jong, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky and Prashanth S. Holenarsipur. According to the patient, the display, and the sensor circuits could be protected by a transparent encapsulation layer which is made of plastic or glass.

So what do you think of this new move from Apple? Will this be included in the next iPhone models? Well, we have to wait and see when this could come in reality. Stay tuned to Phoneradar for more news and comment in the section below if you have more queries about the same.

Pavan Kumar B.C


Pavan is an Electronic & Communication Engineer, a Gadget freak and has passion towards Photography, Wild life, Sports and always trying and finding new thing in the fields interested. He also collects rare information, which are not in books (mostly about animals), and very much interested in modelling and acting. Loves to spend time with friends, kids and importantly, PETS!

  • Rohit Kavathekar

    A New & Very Innovative Move of Apple in segment of Displays.
    The concept of embed light sensor into an Display looks so impressive.
    Yes maybe Apple use this technology in next year’s iPhone as well & comes with full bezel less display.

  • Nitin Bansal

    Great going.