Apple has filed an application for a patent with the USPTO on Thursday for “transparent texting” technology which lets users see what is happening in front of them while texting. Apple’s also filed for a patent application back in 2012 and credits Stephen T. Payne as its inventor.
This feature will be activated with an on-screen button integrated in supported apps. The technology used is simple, it will turn on the iPhone’s rear camera and provide a live video background within a text messaging app. This will definitely help users avoid accidents and be more aware of their surroundings while texting. This technology could also be used for web browsers or e-book readers like Apple’s iBooks.
Apple may add this feature to iOS8, its next operating system that is expected to launch later this year, but that is still unknown.