Apple has been granted a patent for a display technology with full-face and possibly head-up display plus augmented-reality features.
The new display design would remove the peripheral components located around the iPhone's screen, which are largely considered to be a design drawback for smartphones.
Apple's patent details a design with speaker, camera, and other components located behind a full-face screen. The components are discreetly positioned behind the screen and are invisible to the naked eye.
The fact that there are spaces between the display's pixels suggests a technology such as OLED will be used to illuminate the screen. Traditional LCD-lit devices require visible components for backlighting and filter layers.
The technology could also be used to project images in a head-up display, lending itself to augmented-reality (AR), and potentially, mixed-reality applications.