iPhones and iPads Could Someday Automatically Adjust Screen Orientation Using Face ID

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published a new Apple patent application that describes a facial recognition system like Face ID being used to automatically update the orientation of a device like an iPhone or iPad, as noted by AppleInsider.

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The patent notes that the portrait or landscape orientation of a mobile device is currently determined using accelerometers or other sensors that determine the position of the device relative to gravity. However, this does not always work perfectly, forcing the user to move the device to get content to display in the proper orientation.

Face ID would be a solution to this issue, with the patent explaining that the position of a user's face would be detected and automatically switch an iPhone or iPad into portrait or landscape orientation as necessary.

Face ID orientation could greatly reduce the need to enable Portrait Orientation Lock. There are many settings where this could be particularly useful, such as when using an iPhone or iPad on a flat surface or while laying in bed.

"I love using my phone in bed, so my rotation is usually locked so it doesn't change to landscape on everything," wrote Reddit user ProTomahawks back in 2018. "It would be good if iOS could see which way you’re viewing your screen from so it [stopped] rotating if you're laying down. Not a big deal but a good quality of life fix."

The patent application was filed in September 2018 and published this week. Whether the idea ever comes to fruition remains to be seen.

Top Rated Comments

geenosr Avatar
18 months ago
This would be good.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freeangel1 Avatar
18 months ago
lets face it. Face ID will be used for everything in the future.
including logging into your computer, Facebook , Twitter , instagram. and many other places. its coming.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheDailyApple Avatar
18 months ago
This would be great. I often turn on portrait lock so I can use my iPhone while lying on my side, but there hasn’t ever been a great solution to keeping it in landscape when lying like that.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joelisfar Avatar
18 months ago
Hey, I had this idea too! Back in 2017: [MEDIA=twitter]938508660027912192[/MEDIA]
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Larry_G Avatar
18 months ago
I'd be happy if we could just have the home screen rotate (iPhone), and lock in landscape mode in addition to portrait.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jmgregory1 Avatar
18 months ago
Great idea - it always bugs me that when laying in bed, I have to be the one to adjust my position just so I can look at my iPhone the right way and not have it go into landscape mode just because I’m on my side.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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