In the future, maybe we will no longer have to worry about others peeking at information on the phone screen.
User privacy on smartphones is essential because these devices contain a lot of sensitive information. However, sometimes we do not pay attention to the simple thing when protecting privacy that is to avoid someone prying into your phone screen.
According to Android Authority, to solve this problem, Apple has just filed a patent at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on new technology for smartphones, tablets, and laptops that could prevent Curious gazes from the people around. The patent is titled “Gaze-Dependent Display Encryption,” which identifies which part of the screen you are paying attention to and obscures the part. The rest of the display.
“In this way, only the content of the screen the user is actively observing can see and understand, and others who even look over your shoulder cannot understand what is displayed on the screen.”, excerpts of a patent.
Furthermore, Apple says the blurred areas can describe the overall look and structure similar to the screen area you’re viewing, but the actual content in these areas will not be readable. OK.
This is not the first time phone companies have launched anti-peek screen solutions for smartphones. Previously, BlackBerry also released the Privacy Shade application, a solution specifically for the company’s machines. However, the biggest difference between the solution proposed by Apple and the BlackBerry feature is the “Black Strawberry” that requires users to move their fingers back and forth across the screen area they want to see. Besides, Privacy Shade also darkens the rest of the content, in fact, this also attracts more attention from others.
An initial challenge for the “Apple” in developing this feature is how the device can accurately identify the viewing area. Sensors of smartphones are now able to identify whether you are looking at the device or not (applicable to face unlock), but to be able to determine the specific area of the screen. Looks like a big setback. Samsung has previously introduced Smart Scroll technology, which allows you to scroll the screen without touching the screen. However, this feature requires users to tilt the device or head to be able to page.
Submission of a patent does not mean that the next-generation iPhone, iPad or Macbook will undoubtedly be equipped with this feature. However, of course, it is still a useful initiative. Hopefully, in the future, we will soon experience this feature.