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Apple has a new patent for a display reaching the left and right side of the device. It could be used to add virtual buttons at both ends of the future iPhone- and iPad- and or replacing existing physical controllers. The display is mounted on the periphery of the device and will offer virtual versions of current physical buttons, including those for volume control. Of course that will enable Apple to add a number of other virtual buttons and visualize information away from the main screen.

Some examples of what might appear on the side screens is the ability to unlock by sliding, adding shortcuts to applications like Shazam, the music player controls and identification of incoming calls and messages. In fact, options are many!

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As shown in the sketch, the patent describes adding a dedicated camera key, switch to flash mode and slide to switch to video capture. We also see icons for messages, calendar and start the camera.

Most likely the screen will be made ​​of flexible components, possibly through the OLED panel. Can also be included technology for tactile feedback for virtual keys they mimic pressure.

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