Apple invents a new Reconfigurable Tiling Display System that’s likely aimed for Future Apple Store Applications
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All major Apple Stores that are opening today include giant screens where Apple staff hold classes on a variety of topics such as photography or Apple iPad/Pencil drawing and so forth. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a possible next-gen tilted display system so that different content can be displayed in different configurations.
A Reconfigurable Tiling Display System
Apple notes in their patent background that displays are used to present visual content to users. In some applications, large display size is desirable. For example, it is sometimes desirable to present television content on large displays to facilitate viewing by large groups of people. At the same time, large devices can be visually intrusive.
Apple’s invention relates to a reconfigurable tiling display system has multiple display panels. The display panels may be, for example, organic light-emitting diode display panels, other panels with arrays of light-emitting diodes, liquid crystal display panels, or other display panels. The display panels may be used in displaying static artwork, video, and/or other image content.
The display panels may be positioned by positioners that are coupled to the display panels. The positioners may be robotic arms or other electrically controlled positioners. Each positioner may be used to mount a respective display panel to a wall or other support structure.
Display panels in a tiling display system may all have the same size and shape and/or different display panels in the system may have different sizes and shapes.
The positioners may be used to move the panels in response to user commands. This allows the display system to be operated in either a tiled display mode or an untiled display mode.
In the untiled mode, the display panels of the tiling display system are moved apart. In this mode, each display panel can display different content such as different static images.
In a tiled operating mode, the display panels of the tiling system are moved together to form a single display that displays a single still or moving image. In this mode the display panels operate together.
Apple’s patent FIG. 7 is a front view of an illustrative tiling display system with FIG. 19 illustrates display panel components for facilitating signal sharing, alignment, and/or coupling.
For more details, review Apple's patent application number 20220244901.