One of the downsides to having glossy displays is that they not only attract a ton of fingerprints and makes them highly visible, but they are also pretty reflective and under direct sunlight it makes it harder to read, although the upside is that color reproduction seems to be better. Of course one could always buy an anti-reflective screen protector for their phone or tablet, but wouldn’t it be better if it were all just built into the device already? Perhaps future iPads could have such a coating, thanks to a patent published today that reveals Apple’s plans for introducing anti-reflective displays for the iPad.
According to the patent filing, it shows how a UV mask that includes an anti-reflection film is applied to the LCD display. The UV mask, according to the patent, could include things like a metal coating or a black mask. The patent was originally filed for back in 2012 so there’s really no telling if and when such technology would be introduced to Apple’s iPad lineup, although with the next-gen tablets pegged for an announcement later this year, will anti-reflection displays be one of its selling points? We guess we will just have to wait and see!