Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Futuristic 'Acoustic' OLED Display for iDevices comes to Life at CES 2017 on Sony and LG Next-Gen TVs." My eyes popped last week when I learned that a couple of next-gen 4K television OEMs were going to implement a technology that Apple had patented years ago that would allow sound to come through the display instead of standard speakers to save space and provide a sleeker product. Today Apple was granted another patent that relates to this very technology that applies to a next-gen OLED display.
Apple was granted patent 9,543,364 titled "Electronic devices having displays with openings."
Apple's patent FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device with a display having an opening or openings; FIG. 18 is a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device having a transparent window region of the type that may be formed from an opening or openings in a display
Apple was first granted this patent back in 2015, and today we learn that Apple has added new patent claims to advance this invention to cover acoustics as well.
Patent claim #3 now states that "The display defined in claim 1 wherein the signals comprise acoustic signals."
In addition, Apple has added patent claim #2 stating that "The display defined in claim 1 wherein the signals comprise optical signals." Apple later clarifies that this relates to "optical touch" – a new kind of touch sensor technology.
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