Apple has Won a Patent for an HMD Feature that will allow a user to Virtually Expand the size of a Mac or TV Display
In April 2021 Patently Apple discovered a patent application from Apple filed in Europe titled "Wearable electronic device presenting a computer-generated reality environment." It was later filed in the U.S. under a different title. Today's granted patent describes the process as a virtual display expansion operation that relates to a Mac, MacBook or TV etc.
Apple's summary notes that the patent covers an exemplary process for dynamically controlling the size of a display. A user wearing a mixed reality Head Mounted Device (HMD) could be viewing a display (Mac, MacBook or TV) and expand it as needed virtually.
For instance, if a user is working on a large graphic or spreadsheet, the user would be able to expand the physical device's display seamlessly with virtual extensions for height or width as need which is presented in the patent figures further below.
Apple's patent FIGS. 4A and 4B below illustrate an example of resizing operations of a larger wall size display or TV. FIG. 4A illustrates user 202 and electronic device 200 a wearable electronic device (e.g., an HMD).
Apple's patent FIG. 4B above illustrates an example top-view configuration of resizing operations. In this illustration we an expansion operation of a display. For example, the user may drag a visual object from one location within the display area of display #204 toward edge #432 of display 204 in direction 452. User 202 may continue to drag the visual object to a location outside of display 204 proximate to edge 432, causing display 204 to expand from edge 430 in direction 452.
Apple's patent FIGS. 10C and D depict exemplary techniques for controlling the displaying of a virtual display window based on a hinge angle of a physical device within a CGR environment.
More importantly, Apple's patent figure FIG. 10G further below illustrates another example of a resizing operation, that expands the dimensions of the physical MacBook's in height and width as needed.
This could come in handy if most of your work is done on a 13" MacBook but when working on a large graphic or spreadsheet, you'll appreciate being able to virtually expand the display until that part of your project is done. Being able to see details clearly would be a benefit. Of course, it requires the user to be wearing an HMD to perform this task.
For more details, review Apple's granted patent US 11521581 B2.