The popular tech gadgets manufacturer Apple has received a new patent for the safety of iPhone users’ eyes. Every time that a user switches on his/her device, especially in the dark, and the display is too bright, it affects the users’ eyes. This is generally called ‘Luminescence Shock’. Though the device normally tones down the light to suit the particular environment after a while, the initial brightness of that few seconds is enough to damage one’s eyes. This could lead to temporary loss of sight as well. Normally, a process called ‘ambient light sensor’ is in place to control the brightness in a device.
However, Apple has introduced a system where this could be done without the use of the ambient light sensor. Apple’s patent, filed in January 2007 claims that the brightness of the screen in its device would switch on with the appropriate brightness level to suit the surroundings, thus safeguarding the users’ eyesight from the luminescence shock. Apart from the technical descriptions of how this process works, Apple says that this would also the smartphones from excess battery drainage. Currently, Apple provides a ‘night shift mode’ for some of its devices enabling them to control their brightness within dark environments.
The latest patent would make this feature work automatically without additional features. In further describing this feature, the patent adds that a unique hi-tech process would be put in place that would select and limit the brightness of the display device whenever it is switched on within a dark environment. This would prevent the temporary loss of sight otherwise caused. The process automatically identifies whether controlling luminescence shock is necessary, and if it is indeed necessary, then how bright should the level be. Thus, with its on-going research and advancements, Apple is to introduce its future devices which would include this unique feature and continue to safeguard the health of their users.