The rumors surrounding future iPhone models have the next iterations sporting better cameras, bigger screens, and the removal of the home button. Well, according to a patent found by the folks over at Patently Apple, Apple is exploring the idea of adding a "smart bezel" around the iPhone's screen that would contain soft-touch buttons.

The "smart bezel" would essentially be an electroluminescence display that would show information and a series of phone controls without taking up valuable screen real estate.

Head over to Patently Apple for more info and to see more images of the patent.

[Patently Apple via Mac Rumors]