It appears that Apple has been working on incorporating lasers into future iPhone models and the Apple Watch, according to a new patent. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a case of Apple becoming embroiled in some kind of weaponry scheme! It’s an interesting development, though, and it has the potential to enhance the phone’s and wearable’s capabilities significantly.
According to a report by Patently Apple, Apple may be planning to add Horizontal Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers, or HCSELs for short, to a future iPhone and Apple Watch, with the lasers being positioned underneath the display.
It appears that they might be used for a variety of activities, including biometrics, the improvement of the capabilities of Face ID or Touch ID, or possibly even the return of Touch ID to future iPhones. And just so you know, this is not the first patent that suggests the Apple Watch could get biometric identification capabilities.
Although they might be used to detect particle matter, the patent claims that they could also be used to report on air quality. It predicts that this will occur when the laser is utilized “in conjunction with a photodetector.” Dyson has released a vacuum cleaner with a green laser light to help you find dust motes that your regular sweeping might have missed. As a result, the ability to see airborne particulates with a laser may prove useful.
The lasers might be embedded into the Watch or iPhone along with personal data to “authenticate a user to access their device, or gather performance measurements for the user’s interaction with an augmented or virtual world.”
As a result, gaming options are also being investigated. This is an Apple product, so of course there are fitness functions included. An individual may utilize this data to gain insight into their overall health, or it may be used as a motivating factor for those who are pursuing wellness goals through the use of technology.
In some circumstances, one or more HCSELs or optoelectronic devices may be used in the camera, components, and/or I/O devices (1016). As the Pro iPhones employ LiDAR to help with focus right now, this suggests that Apple would consider using lasers for part of the camera function.
Typical of patent filings, this patent is filled with dull and bland language. I recommend it to those who suffer from insomnia. There are a slew of acronyms, like HCSELs and EELs, or Edge Emitting Lasers. There are even mentions of “out-of-plane coupling,” but this does not appear to be a particularly hazardous method of joining the mile-high club to my knowledge. When it comes to art, “although it will be clear to one knowledgeable in the art after reading this description,” “that the specific features are not essential in order to implement the stated embodiments,” The art, I believe, lies in the ability to read and comprehend these kinds of papers. I mean, it’s hardly exactly a John Grisham novel, is it? Isn’t that what it’s all about? Keeping things under wraps but claiming full possession of everything you can.
We don’t know for sure when or even if Apple plans to include lasers inside the iPhone, but let’s hope they do! And it won’t be long now.