Apple Granted Two Patents That Could Help Protect iPhone Screens From Snooping Eyes

New Delhi, November 2023.

Apple was recently granted two patents that could allow the company to develop technology that would make it difficult for snoopers to keep an eye on your iPhone or Mac. The novel screen technology could help protect information shown on a display by limiting the viewing angles of the display — this could replace the multipurpose screen protectors utilised by smartphone users that attempt to achieve the same result. The company has explored two methods of implementing the privacy features in its products.

Apple’s recently refer (via Apple Insider) refers to the use of a ‘privacy film’ that would be applied on curved displays in order to protect the contents of the screen from people in the vicinity. The document describes the use of a film with a light-blocking layer with opaque and transparent sections that is “interposed between the first and second transparent substrates”.