Apple patents new screen technology that may allow it to create thinner devices
Here's brief description of the new patent:
More info about the patent and technology behind it can be found in the Source link.
source: USPTO via BGR
2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
you just simply cant make phones too thin, the same way you dont want your phone too bulky! gotta find a balance or a "fine line"
6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
too thin is breakable.. even coring gorilla is breakable.. too bulky is heavy...
so they need to be on the middle, not too thin and not bulky
11. Nookie4u (Posts: 131; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
Around 8 & 7 mms will be nice, but it's just a personal prefrence I guess.
18. Crossblade (Posts: 190; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)
Thinner component doesn't mean you want to do a thinner (or ridiculously thin) phone. You may use the saved space for extra battery or something else :)
26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
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3. Phonesarecool (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
The thinner the screen = more room for the battery = longer battery life.
4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
No not exactly good. THinner phones = more Fragile
25. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
I think you miss the point, its not to make the phone thinner its to make the screen thinner, a thinner screen means more room for inside components.
30. phljcnth (Posts: 281; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
But the article says "to create thinner devices".
5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
well thats sounds good like you said but if i remember correctly, the new iphone is supposed to have a 1440 mAh battery........which is really small for a supposed 4 inch phone with LTE capabilities... So maybe this will help but im not too sure about it...
7. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
yeah lol.. actually.. i think that a phone with around 11mm to 9mm is thin enough..... thats what i call not to thin and not too bulky
23. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Just because there is "more room for battery" doesn't mean Apple will add more battery.. LOL. iPhones have such little batteries because the OS is literally 1:1 optimized for the hardware, so there are virtually no wastes in power or CPU cycles. OEMs like Apple don't just stuff phones to the brim with specs desirable to the consumer because they want to work on a profit, So lol, don't expect any 2000mAH iPhones anytime soon.
24. johnbftl (Posts: 220; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)
You're kind of on the right track, but the reason Apple doesn't need such a large battery is because their OS isn't really an OS in the way you would consider Windows, Mac, Linux, or even Android. iOS is more of just an app launcher. There's really no function behind whatever app is running. It's why iOS doesn't support things like widgets or live tiles. It's not a knock at them, it's just the truth. In all honesty, most smartphone users don't need things like that. Then again, most smartphone users don't need smartphones or really know how to use them.
27. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
I understand that haha, I didnt want to beat the topic to death. iOS force closes apps in background so often, which limits the amount or parallelism in the OS, and that take stress off of the cpu. And it is no where as dynamically coded as any Android system -- most of the reasons why iPhones have more battery life
10. vladd100 (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
thin phones is not the only target here....an extra space could be used for a biggest battery,that's the real goal..
13. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Why go thinner?
I think current thicknesses are enough already.
14. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
erm.. Samsung AMOLED display is their Active matrix organic led display, used on earlier phones.
Samsung "SAMOLED" display is the same as above, but with the touch layer integrated into the display allowing for better brightness and less power consumption.... Samsung have been using SAMOLED displays since the release of the Galaxy i9000 (Samsung Wave S8500 has one) so this isn't new... yet apple of course get a patent for it...
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
LCD and OLED are two different things!
15. Aeires (unregistered)
"...Apple envisions the idea..." Just a concept at this point.
17. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
the "concept" of display digitizer layer integrated into the display panel has been in "production" in the shape of every SAMOLED device Samsung have released so far! :P
20. Aeires (unregistered)
Seriously doubt Samsung did not patent their technology which means Apple is pursuing a slightly different approach, so at this point this is just a concept until physical evidence exists to back up their claim.
Clarified enough for you?
19. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)
This is the problem with the patent laws. You should not be able to patent an "idea" unless you have a functioning version of the technology you wish to patent. How is it that Apple is patenting ideas for a screen when 1) Apple doesn't even know how to make screens, which is why they buy them from Sharp and LG and whoever else and 2) Samsung is already producing screens utilizing this type of technology! Here come more lawsuits from Apple against Samsung...I bet they think this technology is worth $5 billion...
What a joke!
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6668; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
OK getting very sick and tired of APPLE'S patent B.S. do they even have such a technology existed? I'm pretty sure their paying someone for these granted patents it's like they want to own NO they might as well buy the USPO. and they don't even make screens. And phonerena or any blog website shouldn't POST PATENT articles it's not even news to me unless they show the hardware.
28. xtremesv (Posts: 238; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Finally Apple, something worth patenting, not a bunch of colorful icons and eye-candy effects.
32. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
But it is a patent that exists, and I am sorry, you really shouldn't be able to patent something unless you can physically produce it.