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The next Apple iPhone could sport a sound emitting display like the LG G8 ThinQ

The upcoming Apple iPhone's screen could double up as the speaker. (Source: USPTO)
The upcoming Apple iPhone's screen could double up as the speaker. (Source: USPTO)
The upcoming Apple iPhone's screen could double-up as a speaker going by the company's patent filing at the USPTO. The patent is not detailed explicitly but does point to hermetic sealing around the device. It also suggests reduction of distortion by ensuring a near-perfect vertical speaker diaphragm motion. While not 100% indicative, there is every possibility of Apple incorporating this technology following in the footsteps of Android phones such as the LG G8 ThinQ.

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Most OEMs are set to debut foldable phones this year and we know Apple is also working on one. Foldable screens aside, the next major innovation that we will be seeing in smartphones is to allow the screen to act as a speaker. LG demonstrated it with the G8 ThinQ at MWC this week and looks like Apple will be using a similar implementation in a future iPhone as well.

The patent titled "Audio speaker surround geometry for improved pistonic motion" filed by Apple at the USPTO details a way to minimize distortion by ensuring a perfect up and down piston movement of the speaker diaphragm. While most of the document deals with speaker design, one particular figure (Fig. 15) shows an iPhone-shaped speaker drawing.

While the shape itself might not mean much, the patent goes on to describe a "hermetically sealed barrier" around the edges of the device. This seal would likely help in ensuring the water resistance of the device is not compromised. This indicates a likelihood of reference to a phone rather than a conventional speaker. A screen design that can act as a piston means that OLED panels instead of LCD will likely be used due to their flexibility.

Not much is discussed in the patent apart from the design of the speakers. It is to be noted that a patent filing does not mean an actual product is coming anytime soon and what looks like a probable iPhone could turn out to be totally different product. That being said, all signs point to Apple offering something new in their upcoming iPhones. We will surely be knowing more closer to the September event.

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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-03- 1 (Update: 2019-03- 1)