November 20, 2019
The patent application describes an “adjustable decoration” which could be adjusted “[w]hen an event is detected such as an incoming communication, a calendar reminder, user input, activation of an electrical component such as a camera, or other event.” The logo could be used to respond to such events by lighting up or changing its appearance.
Although the patent application references cellular telephones frequently, the patent also includes images of laptops and tablets. Some competitors, such as Android, already offer devices with notification lights that flash or turn different colours based on the type of notification received.
Apple frequently files patent applications for technology that it does not ultimately implement into its products, so it is possible that this feature will not end up in the iPhone or other Apple products.
Authors: Jaclyn Tilak and Matt McDonald