Apple’s Patent Application Describes Using Face ID to Automatically Adjust Screen Orientation

iPhone X Lock screen Face ID Locked

The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has published a new Apple Patent describing a feature that uses Face ID to detect users’ positions and automatically adjust the screen orientation.

Currently, iPhone or any other smartphone uses an accelerometer and other sensors to automatically switch between orientation. However, we have all experienced that auto-rotation doesn’t always work and sometimes we struggle with it. In some cases, the device switches to landscape mode even when it is held in portrait mode. This is one of the biggest reasons why we use the orientation lock.

The patent details how Face ID can be used for orientation. As per the patent application, the feature will use Face ID to detect your position. Furthermore, it will come in handy when you are using the phone whilst sleeping or on flat surfaces. Apple filed the patent application in 2018 and the same has been published earlier this week. Apple files for several patent applications and not all of them see the light of the day.

Our Take

Interestingly, Samsung used to offer a feature that adjusts screen orientation by scanning your face. The feature was called Smart Rotation. It debuted on Galaxy S4 and used the front camera to sense where you are looking at and adjust the orientation accordingly. Samsung’s Smart Rotation feature might have been ahead of its time. The feature failed to work when the face was too close to the screen. On the other hand, Apple uses an array of sensors for Face ID and is perfectly capable of implementing the feature.

Meanwhile, Google Pixel handles the orientation a bit differently. If you are using rotation lock then the device will display an icon on the navbar. Clicking on the same will rotate the orientation. So if you are laying down the orientation is not changed until and unless you tap on the icon.

[via USPTO]