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Apple receives a patent for flexible sapphire displays

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Apple receives a patent for flexible sapphire displays
The air is filled with patent news these days, and it would appear that the guys in Cupertino have picked up an interesting one. According to a published report on Thursday, Apple has received a U.S. patent for a flexible wraparound display. The patent covers a number of different shapes including a "hollow cylinder, a hollow tube with an oval, triangular, or rectangular cross-sectional shape, or other hollow shapes." The hollow display cover structure could be made up of sapphire and two caps would cover the openings on each end. Sapphire is a very scratch resistant surface which .is why Apple already uses it for its Touch ID.

The display features a wrap-around screen, something that we've seen Samsung file a pattent application for. On Samsung's application, the Korean based OEM made it clear that the wrap around screen would be used to display virtual buttons and controls. Earlier this year, Apple filed a patent for a wrap around AMOLED display a good eights months before Samsung filed its application.

According to Apple's patent, one or more sensors can monitor screen rotation and information on the screen could stay in the same position, or rotate along with the display. The patent goes on to explain how the sapphire for the cover could be created by pulling a sapphire crystal seed from a molten material. Apple's patent  reveals how the display can be used for games, and how content on the screen can be updated in real time as it rotates.

Apple is rumored to be introducing a larger screened iPhone next year with a screen that curves downward at the edges. We've already seen curved screens from Samsung (Samsung Galaxy Round) and LG (LG G Flex), but we are in the first inning of a nine inning game.


source: PatentlyApple via BGR

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posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:50 5

1. superfans (Posts: 151; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Woo.... Just bring the iwatch out quick !

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 02:39 6

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 2363; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


WTH!!! Patent on AMOLED.. US patent office is really getting crazy... did anyone ever heard of apple manufacturing any display? US patent must ask apple to manufacture one before approving patent... so frequent patent shows that apple n US patent is trying to put hold on technological advancement... this is the ugly alliance of apple n USPTO... best remedy of this diseases will be to infringe on each n every patent of apple, best punishment of their criminal behavior...

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 02:47 3

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 2363; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Only Samsung n LG are the companies which are really putting an effort and money to develop this technology physically, not just on paper like apple.. US is ruining their effort, USpto has given the fruit of samsung's n lg' s hard work to apple... why not I someone should make a paper plane and apply for patent of whole airline industry? USPTO is really a BS! Period

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 06:02

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 12338; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You say "US patent must ask apple to manufacture one before approving patent". Well they just approved one without asking that.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:02

29. iampayne (Posts: 245; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Learn to read and research. The patent isn't for AMOLED, its to use AMOLED. That doesn't stop anyone else from using the same technonlgy. Apple is just covering their bases on this specific application. You Apple haters are getting dumber by the day.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:15 1

31. Ashoaib (Posts: 2363; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


From apple lover to apple hater... I become hater after owning 4s for nearly two years n I have every reason to be a hater... by the way patent does applied on the use of amoled, specific way of using it and amoled is nothing belong to apple.. so no matter how it can be used, patent should not be granted... "holding a mirror in different directions" should not mean that the manufacterer of a mirror cant do that bcoz some crazy has taken a patent...

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:50 3

2. wilsong17 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


i smell a lawsuit

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:02 16

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


A retarded lawsuit by the fruit.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:51 11

3. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Why don't they just patent Sapphire glass while they're at it. Another wonky Apple patent they'll never apply, just for the same of hoarding them and pouncing on the first firm that actually tries to invent these offerings

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 06:03

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 12338; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It's called big business.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:04

30. iampayne (Posts: 245; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Because they are not patenting the material they are getting a patent for the application of the material in a specific case sernerio. If you actually read the patent you'll realize its very specific and not broad.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 07:46

33. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Lol dumb. That's like saying manufactures can make TVs, but the display panel can't be glass because a manufacture patented the application of that material. Everyone else needs to plastic

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:57 9

4. toiletcleaner (Posts: 198; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Let's be honest here. Is apple ever going to make a flexible phone? I would said maybe the iPhone 500S. But right now is jut to troll

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 00:18

18. superfans (Posts: 151; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


The phone maybe not but there are high chances that the rumor watch may use flexible display

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:58 6

5. santy (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Can someone explain me how Apple gets hardware related patents. As far as I know most of their hardware is outsourced to flextronics , LG and so on .

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:02 8

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Apple is like a kid fooling around in the office, they always patent patent patent and do nothing.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 23:17 1

15. hurrycanger (Posts: 1229; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Not nothing! Apple does use their patents!!!
Oh well... they exist to prevent other companies from making things happen or to bring up lawsuits. xD

posted on 22 Dec 2013, 14:37

34. ElixieR (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Apple exist to delay technology because their own resources and techs are not advancing or moving as fast as other companies. it's just sad that they are the trojans of technology

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 00:47

20. dratomic (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


apple is patenting things that other companies create?! wow. whats next?

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:03 1

8. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


that's a good patent. but sure it will be expensive

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:06 4

9. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


ANYONE can file an objection on a patent right after the approval without a costly lawsuit.

If you don't agree with the USPTO, do it by all means. It's your right.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:16 2

10. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


I like how a lot of people give crap about Apple filing for patent even for innovate things yet if any other oem files for one, they call it life changing. I'm not an apple fan boy actually I have always have android phones but you don't give credit where it's due.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:35 9

13. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


the point is that apple rarely does anything with them. other OEMs at least come out with products related to their patents. apple does it just so others don't do it.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 23:18

16. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Vast majority of approved patents expire without ever being utilized.

If a company has a new idea, and it seems potent/patentable, an application is due. Pretty much the standard procedure in the industry. No one is to blame on this.

Many people aren't aware of the fundamental ideas of the patent law though.
It's basically for the purpose of serving humanity : If someone has a good idea that could enhance the quality of life, he should share it with everyone else instead of keeping it for himself or his small business. He is rewarded with exclusive rights on this for 20 years in return.

But there are tons of holes in patents. There are many pathetic souls bashing Apple focusing on some claims extracted from its patents.

Utter BS!

If a patent is defined by ten claims, a product must meet all ten claims in order to be an infringement.

Adopting ideas from a patent without infringing it is quite easy therefore, and there are even companies like Sharp that think patents are completely useless.

Stop being so sensitive.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 03:25 2

25. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


yeah i'm the one being sensitive.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:18 3

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


ARE U serious? Great now wer're going to see Apple start suing SAMSUNG all over again. Jeezes. the hell with USTPO.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:25 3

12. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Why don't you go ahead and file an objection?
Unlike a lawsuit, it won't cost you a cent. You have three months time after the approval.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 23:28 3

17. bucky (Posts: 1557; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Man, yes...you have taken some high school courses.

Good stuff.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 06:06 1

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12338; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Guys, that's gadget80, all he does is whine. I bet when he's out on a date, he just whines. His GF's name androida.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:30

32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


All you do is praise for a EVIL company that doesn't like competition especially when a technology already exist.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 22:44 8

14. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Oh boy, patenting shapes again..

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 00:41

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1503; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


We need more sane people in the world, there's a reason why patents exist. If you choose to be brash or insulting at least get an education

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 01:12 6

21. wando77 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


So samsung and lg pour thousands of hours and billions of dollars into ACTUALLY developing flexible screen technology and apple just come along and are allowed to have this BS patent (clearly applied for after seeing a demo from one of the above). This is all that's wrong in the world and makes me feel a little bit sick in my gutty wuts.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 02:53 3

24. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


I honestly thought Apple's patent trolling days were over. How can they patent AMOLED screens when they never made one themselves?

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