Apple is constantly coming up with new ideas and patenting them聽鈥 some more realistic than others. And it seems like a lot of the new patents have to do with how to update the iPhone. The company just announced that they have officially sold 1 BILLION of their smartphones. So, perhaps in an effort to get us to buy one billion more,聽the company鈥檚 newest patent is not so much a brand new idea, but a mashing together of two of Apple鈥檚 most iconic products into one super Apple machine.


Apple鈥檚 patent application for a 鈥渞otary input鈥 device on a phone was published today after being filed back in 2014.聽The 鈥渄igital crown鈥 could be used not only to make scrolling much more efficient, but as a volume controller, touch screen lock, shutter button for taking a picture or even resizing the text on a screen. In the patent, this small little knob聽鈥 akin to the one found on the side of the Apple Watch聽鈥 was used on a device that was completely screen with no border (this is not the first time that Apple has toyed around with this idea). This might also be the replacement for the disappearing Home button.

Although, because this is just a patent, it remains to be seen whether or not we鈥檒l see the rotary OR waterproof tech on any iPhones in the future. But maybe in next year鈥檚 BIG iPhone release鈥?

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(h/t 9to5 Mac; photo via Apple)