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Apple files patent application for an Apple iPhone with wrap-around AMOLED display

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Apple files patent application for an Apple iPhone with wrap-around AMOLED display
Back in 2011, Apple filed a patent application with the USPTO for an "Electronic device with wrap-around display." This is essentially an Apple iPhone with a wrap-around AMOLED screen that is unrolled inside a transparent chassis made of glass or another see-through material. Apple points out in the application that today's smartphones do not utilize a large amount of surface area leading the Cupertion based tech titan to seek a solution. To make the design seamless, no buttons are used which means that a gesture interface controls settings like the volume.

The patent also discusses the radio transparency of the glass, allowing for the transmission of radio signals. This could be beefed up by the use of metal structures in certain areas of the device. The display would get help from facial recognition technology (using a front-facing camera) to help correctly orient the content on the display. In addition, the patent talks about multiple layers of the display positioned in such a manner that it would create 3D images. One of the iterations of the device mentioned in the patent would allow users to remove end caps on a tube-shaped unit to connect it with another tube-shaped model, forming a larger display.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider




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posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:24 11

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3552; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Neat. Looks like an innovative concept.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:28 12

2. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


is it really ?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:35 37

5. tedkord (Posts: 4802; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, a flexible amoled screen device. Very innovative. No one else has been working on a flexible amoled screen device. /sarcasm

This is Apple doing what Apple always does - looking at what others are doing, and patenting it to prevent the actual innovators from marketing it.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:46 7

10. JulianGT (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


It s like when sony and microsoft tried to include motion controls like the wii after seeing the success of the Wii

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:51 1

33. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


no no no no nooooooo come on samsung why would you sell such awesome technology to your enemy? samsung should have made phones with curved screen themselves.
for past 4 years samsung showed off this screen and then secretly sold it to apple?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:57 3

35. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


we lived half a decade of "rounded corner" and now rounded screen? this patent better not get verified. apple knows itself it cant produce this screen so they wont let samsung make it either. this will kill a whole direction of smartphone future.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:32 6

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


When did Apple ever made anything?
They are a R&D company, what's wrong with USA granting these patent to Apple, or is the USPTO bribed or are the dimwits,,,,?
Looks like its a backhand job: "Bribe" Apple will go to a insane state and pay whatever it takes to attain this!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:07

66. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


No worries. There is plenty of future tech to be had without apple.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 22:27

74. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 428; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Sony was the first to use motion control in 2003 with their EyeToy but it wasn't used widely for games unlike Wii which is in 2007 where its control is wholly motion controlled making it popular and thinking Nintendo was the first and Sony and Microsoft followed.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:00 5

37. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And America has made things easier for Apple with relevance of all prior art being made irrelevant. So stealing is legalized now for the benefit of such trolls :)

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:58 5

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 11448; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apples a jerk for doing that, but from a business standpoint it's very smart. Do I like it...no, but I understand what they're doing. Think if the fist soft drink maker had patented the aluminum can, or glass bottle. I hope Sammy was smart enough to patent it first since its theirs.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:56 1

58. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well and wisely said +1 to you
™®

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:11

67. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Good post bud. Hit the nail on the head with this one. But we all know someone else will be making these by the millions before apple ever gets around to something like this.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 04:18 1

77. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Samsung already has a functioning prototype - go to the 5 minute mark on this videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rrEhnXjvIo

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:00 2

47. Twisted247 (Posts: 216; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


LMAO, isn't it pathetic? They have hit the brickwall on innovation so they ATTEMPT to stop others in the Court room. Which is downright pathetic and anyone who endorses their products from mid 2012 on is either a blind idiot. Or a straight up Dbag.

This is complete BS if they issue this to them and they turn around to use it.

But then again the chairmen of the FCC is supposedly stepping down or already has done so. So HOPEFULLY somebody with HALF a sack will step in and do what is right and stop this crap.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:06 2

49. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


No this is Samsungs fault, they should have patented this, they didn´t and now someone else did it. A normal customer doesn´t care if it is a stolen technology, he just looks at it and says cool I want that and if it is Apple, he will probably buy it because Apple said that it a super new tech made by them. So Samsung should have patented this long before Apple did, I mean they invented this , right?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:12 1

52. darkkjedii (Posts: 11448; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Do you know for sure if they didn't, or are you generally speaking Pedro?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:50 1

57. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


I don´t know, these patents just gives me headaches :). But it would be pretty stupid of Samsung not to patent this great piece of technology.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:03 1

59. roscuthiii (Posts: 1803; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Before the changeover to first-to-file here in the US , I'm sure companies probably just figured they could rely on invalidation through proof of prior art. Corporate accountants probably told them a cost/benefit analysis showed that they shouldn't spend money filing for everything under the Sun if they could just limit expenditures to specific patents.
Of course now that we're first-to-file in the US, companies are better off saying to hell with a fully developed innovation, just file "something" to get a lock on the patent.
First-to-file may work overseas but in America's "corporatocracy" I can only see us, the consumers, getting bent over.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:26 1

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 11448; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's true

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:18

68. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yes...it was featured in an article here on PA awhile ago I'm sure. But the day will come when patents will be issued based on tangible products/prototypes instead of mere vaguely worded ideas. Considering how long it takes to get patents approved these days (which can take years), companies cannot sit around twiddling their fingers waiting for approval on a patent for a product they are ready to manufacture now. Just have to go with the old tried and tested phrase "Patent Pending".

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 18:29

61. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


what? so from now on Apple cant file any patent? i dont know wut u guys r thinking and u guys have been brainwashed by samsung too much. U act like Samsung is really nice, innocent, and naive so Apple will easily patent this and that to take advantage of it. U act like samsung doesnt know wut it means to file a patent. If they really did invent something, dont worry, 1st thing they do b4 they even leak a rumor about it is file a patent. its not samsung's 1st day in the tech business, its funny seeing some people crying out loud like omg why samsung y r u letting apple do this y dint u patent it and blah blah blah, i laugh hard at how stupid u guys r.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:55

69. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


How's life been treating you under that rock there? Welcome to earth. A lot of people/companies probably didn't even know how important a patent was until apple started claiming the rights to everything under the sun when it comes to tech.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 06:18

78. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


hahah no buddy, this is just u who didnt know what patent is and how important it is. Read about the War of 1812. When the British occupied Washington DC, they basically burned down every government building, from the White House to the Congress building, but 1 thing they decided to leave alone, and it was the Patent Building. This is because they realized that there are many great American inventions and they respected that. Since hundreds of yrs ago we already have the concept of patenting innovations, just cuss ur ignorance dont assume that everyone r like u. But now lets assume that ur rite, no 1 think that patenting is important, but Samsung has been in a patent war with Apple for yrs now, how can they not know that they need to patent everything they've got? What a rubbish defense.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:38 24

8. alila2 (Posts: 118; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


samsung already showed wrap-around edge screen , and where apple going to buy the amoled screens from ????? hahahaha

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:04 9

19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Apple would become Samsung's lil b*tch xD

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:16 1

53. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


apple will buy Samsung. LOL

they will buy their screens from LG and sharp. Not Samsung because the already terminated the partnership.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 07:52

79. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


With what money? Samsung is worth more than Apple. Hell, compare their stocks!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:51 12

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Neat. Looks like an innovative concept."

Which exactly part of this concept is Apple's innovation, AMOLED display or wrapping ? :DDD

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:57 2

16. gustavoace (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Really? I saw this 2 years ago.... see this youtube video watch?v=Thfy1HF-2t4

It's deja vu

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:03 4

18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Another innovation that they will steal and claim they have invented it!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:11 1

20. imran86 (Posts: 39; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Except for the stealing thing.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:14 5

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3552; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


How is it theft when they are the ones who came up with the design and idea? It's theft when you design your phone to look like your competitor and gain sales because of that. That is theft.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:30 3

25. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


I can assure you that Apple has nothing to do with this design. The AMOLED has been a way for quite sometimes now. So have wrap around. These 2 innovation has a lot to do with Sony and Samsung. Beside all the pre-design and attempt to patent have already been around or nobody cares for.

Maybe the buttons, connections or speakers can be patent. But who cares. Really look at, it looks like and apple pie from McDonalds. Oh what it has something to do with "apple"

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:40 1

30. talon95 (Posts: 65; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Apple is buying an off the shelf product, a 6 year old could take a flexible screed and wrap it around a block. How are their concept sketches impressive when we saw actual working hardware with wrap around screens from Samsung a month ago? Oooh, right, that's where they got the idea. So it's stealing if anyone else does it but when Apple does it they "came up with it". You're good for a laugh once in a while. Thanks

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:02 2

38. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yea when twins are born that's called stealing ... sure why not. Good they don;t sue each other. Apple is already paying the price for being a troll and would pay more in future ... you just cannot fool all the people all the time :)

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:35

43. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


You are a true "APPLE ROYALLY"

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:50 2

32. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


no no no no nooooooo come on samsung why would you sell such awesome technology to your enemy? samsung should have made phones with curved screen themselves.
for past 4 years samsung showed off this screen and then secretly sold it to apple?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:47

45. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


you really are the worst apple fan boy ever!
Samsung has already made this technology.
Apple is just one big fraud! live with it!!
They don't innovate anything!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:04

65. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yes it is. Are you going to say that this is the first time you have heard of this concept? You troll PA enough....this has already been brought up in PA but with another OEM planning to bring one to market.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 04:13

76. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Already done... go to the 5 minute mark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rrEhnXjvIo

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 17:15

81. JC557 (Posts: 1104; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Sony (or LG or Samsung) beat them to the punch a long time ago when they were showcasing original OLED and it's possibilities. Sure, it was only a concept but it shows Apple is the king of douchebags by patenting it.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:29 3

3. j-rod2079 (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Wow!!! That's Very Innovative. I Don't Like Apple, But This Is Impressive!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:32 4

4. tech2 (Posts: 2073; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I agree ! very unique

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:37 7

6. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Awful design imagine people touching the edge of the device and rotate every time they watch video. Apple you just failed.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:37 10

7. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Apple + AMOLED...
wat ?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:39 17

9. Aeires (unregistered)


Apple + AMOLED = Samsung $

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:56 7

14. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Apple + Retina = iPhone
Apple + AMOLED = iGalaxy? xP

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:23 5

40. toiletcleaner (Posts: 191; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


AppleMoled = Guacamole

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:54 7

12. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


wait but tim cook say that amoled display was trash hah o-0

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:02 10

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


He also said anything over 4inch is a no!
He also said stylus in dead!
He also didn't like flash, cause he didn't want to pay patent fees and also Bluetooth! Surely it saved him paying royalties to owners and pocketing himself, and iOS owners didn't care but deep down they did but didn't show and made excuses saying Steve Blwjb said you must listen to us what you can have and not!
How sad and how pathetic the bad fruit.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:31 4

26. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


and that is all correct

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:40 4

29. Aeires (unregistered)


He also said he didn't like lawsuits.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:25 2

54. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


and the tablet having a 7" display. 'SJ'

"No market for such"

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:54

13. blattlaus (Posts: 60; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


Nokia presented the "GEM" concept in 2011 which had a wrap arounf screen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdeWK6G3p5U

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:57 8

15. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Samsung is gonna sue Apple. :P

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:14

22. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


" these images are from cooking book under pizza department "

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:27 2

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Sammy fanboys claim that Samsung is the only maker of Amoled screens.. LG is suing them for stealing their OLED screens.. so is LG the innovators and Apple puts it in your hands as Samsung keeps stealing.. they do have a track record longer than Apple.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:51 3

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


U need too grow up

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:36 2

44. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


" Wise up "

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