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Apple intends to release devices with curved glass in 2012

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Apple intends to release devices with curved glass in 2012
According to a few reports from industry sources, Apple is intending on bringing curved class, something they believe will be the next big thing, to their mobile devices as early as next year.

It is believed that Apple has already begun purchasing the equipment necessary to make curved glass for their mobile devices. There is no word on if they want to use it for future iPhones, iPod Touches or even next-gen versions of the iPad, but any of them are possible candidates.

It was back in May that Apple was rumored to have purchased anywhere from 200-300 glass cutting machines in order to produce curved displays. Since then there has been no indication that their intent was to put a curved display on any devices that are set to launch this year. However, you may remember that Apple’s new “spaceship” campus in their hometown of Cupertino, CA is going to have nothing but the curved glass goodness.

If Apple is to bring curved glass to their mobile devices, such as the iPhone, they would not be the first to have accomplished this. The Google Nexus S manufactured by Samsung has curved glass on the front, although the display itself is flat. Tell us what you think of the possibility of a curved display becoming the next big thing in mobile devices in the comments below.

source: DigiTimes    

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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:53 7

1. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Curved glass, even easier to shatter.

Apple loves products that shatter.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:51 4

12. Sam (unregistered)


Nokia N9 also has curved glass. It really helps when you have swipe gestures; swiping from the edge of the screen.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 02:09 1

57. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Ummm, Nexus S had this in 2010.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 10:37

65. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)


Samsung does it again as of Nov 3, 2011 when the next nexus is released. I hope they patent the design else apple will then sue.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:57 4

2. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Actually curved glass would have a greater tensile strength then flat glass. If the curve is at the proper angles.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:54 3

25. G-Reg (unregistered)


I would love to see a post of a science article backing such a claim(or a good physics explanation).

Making glass a uniform thickness is a no brainer when working with flat glass. But i hope they factor in how important that is for durability when cutting they interesting new glass.

explanation: vibrations are casued when dropped, the reverb will be uniform through a unform thickness. If the sinewave is forced to condence into more narrow, or thicker glass. The wave looses its uniformness and will collide with itself casueing sharp spikes in the wave, most likely resulting in a crack.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 10:07

62. Making fun of "Smart Guy" (unregistered)


You misspelled "condense" Mr. Wizard.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 14:09

64. G-Reg (unregistered)


Wow, way ta be a troll there dbag. Try to give these good people a decent input and you.. Mr. Cool has to play Mr. Spell check for me.

2012 anyone?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:57 1

3. cb2047 (unregistered)


instead of investing in curved glass makers, they should skip that all together and invest in the flexible OLED screens...If Apple wants to be the first in something revolutionary, I think that is where it's at.

That being said, I have no knowledge of the current state of flexible screens and how soon they would be marketable to consumers, but curved glass is a gimmick, not a jump in tech IMO.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:25

9. Geeksarebest (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


They've already invested in curved glass. Bought some company last year before the iPhone 4 launched but I guess decided to finally start tinkering with it.

As far as flexible OLED screens, last time I heard anything really about them was around Dec. of 2010 but almost nothing since then, so I'm sure some kind of progress has been made...just not sure what.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:34 3

17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, both of ya missed the boat. Samsung is going to start selling flexible bendy super amoled android phones early next year. the article is probably on the 2nd or maybe 3rd new page of PA

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:21 2

34. Geeksarebest (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Actually, we didn't miss the boat there. This discussion was on the original topic of Apple introducing curved glass displays.

I think *you* missed the boat there by introducing a "LolApple" reply that had little-to-nothing to do with the original topic.

As far as the flexible AMOLED screens, that's a trademarked technology from Samsung. Who wants to bear witness for the patent war there? I sure don't.

This is the nature of competition. One company does something better than another in order to make their phones stand out.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:54 2

46. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


my comment had nothing to do with "lolapple", and i was specifically commenting on the OLED screens part. Apple isnt droppin a flexable screen, just a curved one.. if the rumors are true. curved and flexable are not always the same thing.


Taco, you wouldnt know what logic was if it dropped in your lap and slapped you.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:56

48. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Haha you beat me to it by less than a minute.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:56 1

58. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. quick draw mgraw :)

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:55 1

47. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Actually you did miss the boat. You quite clearly stated, "As far as flexible OLED screens, last time I heard anything really about them was around Dec. of 2010 but almost nothing since then..." Remixfa's comment was a direct response to what you said, and therefore was completely relevant to the discussion. Also, as his comment had nothing to do with Apple, it was not a ""LolApple" reply that had little-to-nothing to do with the original topic" as you seem to believe.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:26 1

35. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Remix is shut down by logic.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:36

36. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe Apple is going to do some variation on a convex display? Playing Devil's Advocate, Palm had a slightly convex (outward curvature) to the display of the original Pre. The Pre's display was molded plastic of some sort, which scratched easily. Maybe Apple/Steve was taken with the curved display of the Pre and decided to 'do it right'?

Or, maybe Apple has market research that says there is a huge untapped market in the 50+ population that need magnified displays to help with the vision challenges of the 50+ market.

It would be even more compelling if Palm managed to patent the curved display concept and Apple purchased the patent rights from Palm....

2012 isn't too far away. We will find out soon enough.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 15:49

43. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


yea the said that a few months ago

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:58

4. apple (unregistered)


Samsung Coming out with flexible Display in 2012
Apple Comes out with Curved Display
The Winner Is definetly Samsung because glass breaks Easily !!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:59

5. ilovecellphones (unregistered)


If they could make the curved display without sacrificing durability it would be a cool improvement. Your phone would wrap more naturally around your face and when putting the display face down it would stop the glass from laying flat on a surface i.e. scraping and scratching the glass

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:01

6. roki (unregistered)


i thought dell venue pro had curve-glass..and i think nokia n9 does too... so whats the news ?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:10 1

7. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Idk about these rumors...glass cutting machines? Curved glass manufacturing? Since when does Apple make screens? Or make parts? Or assemble displays? Doesn't sound very Appley to me. Then again the iPhone 4 prototype didn't look very appley to me either at first...just wait and see like usual.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:22 3

8. ChriisM (unregistered)


Im sorry but apple is retarded, plus 'flexable displays' have already been developed by samsung months ago, this video was post nearly a year ago have a look youtube.com/watch?v=dY_ADCTBKVE

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:55

13. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Not to mention their phones break a lot

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:39

10. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Hahaha...Apple are losers...curved glass alredy presented by Sansung, flexible OLEDs demonstrated also by Samsung...what an innovation by Apple, hahaha....at the end Sammy will have all the patents...and they will refuse to sell displays to crApple!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:50

11. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I really couldn't care less about curved glass displays. I just want a plain AMOLED screen.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 10:59

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


We should put out a petition form to BANNED APPLE AGAINST THEIR LAWSUIT WITH SAMSUNG. And to show APPLE what a complete ass they are. They should admit their very afraid of Samsung. Samsung/HTC only two companies can compete against with sales and design. APPLE is only popular cause of their ipods & their itunes store.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:08 1

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Curved displays.....now why does that sound so familiar? Oh that's right it was on the Samsung Nexus S. But hey I'm sure apple had those before and Samsung is just copying that too. NOT.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:22

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You guys are idiots. Does every component of an iPhone have to be completely original? That makes zero sense except in fandroid world.

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