We don’t think we’re alone when we say we kind of miss the soft welcoming glow of the red buttons on the second generation iPod, and a new patent suggests Apple may be working on a new iPhone “Smart Bezel” feature that will bring some of those illuminated controls back. According to a patent discovered by Patently Apple, Apple may offer a new area around the iPhone’s primary display with controller buttons that glow and morph for work and play. Developers may even be able to control the icons presented, which could be used to control applications — maybe even games – without interrupting the content being displayed on the screen. The secondary, “printed segmented electroluminescence” display, could be “selectively illuminated to provide one or more indicators that represented where or how a user can provide inputs to the device,” Apple’s patent states. It reminds us a bit of the technology used on the Motorola ROKR E8, which launched in 2007, and we’re definitely interested to see how this pans out. Hit the jump for more info on the patent. More →
We first posted about the LG GD900 back in February and now that we’ve finally had a chance to play with it, we’re not ashamed to admit we’re a little enamored. Say whatever you want… This thing is awesome. In a nutshell, it’s the fashion phone to end all fashion phones with some killer functionality on top. The transparent touch-sensitive illuminated keypad (with gesture support!) is sexier than you can imagine, and in fact the entire slide mechanism that runs up the back is the same clear material. The handset is super thin and yet manages to pack an 8 megapixel camera into the rear of the case. LG’s new S-Class 3D UI fantastic — responsive, attractive and logical. Think of it as TouchWiz on crank. It supports gestures, multi-touch and features tons of 3D transitions and menus. Hit the jump for some more pics and, if you’re comfortable with your masculinity, drool over the GD900 along with us.