iPhones with freakin’ laser beams! Maybe not quite, but Apple recently received patents for laser microphones, flexible iPhone displays and more.
The company’s patent describes a flexible touchscreen that would allow the screen to “react to sound vibrations,” UnwiredView explained. In other words, the display itself would move as you speak and Apple could include a laser microphone behind it to grab the audio. Since the display can grab sound waves, it could also act as part of a speaker for surround sound audio. Yeah, we’re about as confused as you are here but, hey, sounds cool right? The display would also, apparently, be capable of providing the same tactile feedback one expects from a keyboard.
These are patents though, folks, so we might not ever see Apple actually use the technology.