Apple’s patent reveals “special glasses” that only allow its users to view content on the iPhone

Apple’s patent reveals “special glasses” that only allow its users to view content on the iPhone
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  • Apple has filed a patent for “special glasses” that can improve privacy.
  • The glasses can block out others from viewing content on the user’s device.
  • Apart from the glasses, Apple is also looking to create multiple profiles using Face ID.
According to a new patent filed by Apple, the company may launch a new privacy feature that only allows the owner of an iPhone to view its content with special glasses. As reported by Patently Apple, the patent describes the “privacy glasses” that block out others from viewing your content.

The report mentions that the patent application “relates to providing personalized graphical outputs to systems for displaying vision-corrected graphical outputs and standard graphical outputs on an electronic device.”

Privacy Glasses

This would mean that Apple's privacy glasses would register a user and determine corrective eyewear scenarios associated with vision deficiency. Then the output would be shown according to the vision deficiency associated with the registered user, without needing to put the corrective glasses on and off.
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For privacy, “the user may interact with the calibration graphic to intentionally blur the graphical output presented on the display of the device (iPhone)” so that it is not visible by others around the device.

Face ID profiles


Apart from the privacy glasses, Apple is rumoured to be working on creating multiple profiles with Face ID. According to the patent, the system would be able to distinguish various features on the user’s face including their hairstyle, beard, glasses, no glasses, sunglasses and others.

The system will store each change in the facial features as a separate biometric identity and would allow users to unlock their devices with ease. With multiple profiles in Face ID, Apple might be looking to offer the swiftness of Touch ID in Macs, as it allows users to switch accounts by just placing the right finger on the sensor.

You should note that Apple may or may not use the patent to create any future products, however, we may get to see some of its innovations in other products such as the mixed-reality headset that is reportedly in the works.

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