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Apple receives patent that could lead to an iPhone 7 with a curved and flexible display

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Apple receives patent that could lead to an iPhone 7 with a curved and flexible display
Apple has been awarded a patent for an application it filed in 2013 for a curved screen. The interesting thing is that Apple's patent not only covers a curved display like the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, it also covers the ability to make the screen flexible. With such a display, Apple's screen could show more content than a competitor's screen, without having to increase its size. For example, Apple could fold the screen in a way that video or still images would appear to look as though they were coming from a continuous loop.

With the patent, Apple could make the iPhone a cylinder, a sphere, or whatever shape tickles Jony Ive's fancy. In theory Apple could develop an iPhone made entirely of glass that could replace certain buttons with 3D Touch. Additionally, by making the screen flexible, Apple could put a second screen behind a first one in a manner that would create 3D images. We've seen 3D images and photography offered on smartphones before, like on the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Thrill 4G, but those phones used a different stereoscopic technique.

Apple also received a patent for a gesture based system to enter specific passcodes in conjunction with Touch ID. Unlike Android's gesture based passcode method, in which the specific dots tapped matter, Apple's system depends on how a specific dot is tapped. For example, when touching the bottom dot, does the iOS user wrap around the middle dot a specific number of times, or does he drop straight down to the bottom dot? In Apple's patented system, this choice matters and adds many more potential passcode possibilities, making it harder for someone to figure out a passcode and break into an iPhone.


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source: PatentlyApple

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posted on 29 Sep 2015, 20:35 3

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 22016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The 6/6S have very slightly curved screens. They're nowhere near as pronounced as the s6, nor is there any function, but they do actually curve.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 20:39 31

2. Busyboy (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


That's called 2.5d glass. Nothing remotely special about it, as a lot of smartphone have it. Actually, I even have it on my tempered glass screen protector.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 20:49 8

5. mixedfish (Posts: 1210; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


2.5d glass is such a gimmick, does nothing except stop you from applying a tempered glass protector on flush.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 20:59 6

6. miket1737 (Posts: 2970; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


it is a little annoying with tempered glass protectors but it does feel nice how the edges slope off as you swipe off the edges of the display. i actually like 2.5D and like sloped sides to a screen instead of that more sharp feeling when you run your finger off the sides. but it isn't really a big deal anyway

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:59 3

21. discharge (unregistered)


Gee sounds like your looking at the Samsung s6 edge there fanboy?? Good choice!! But maybe to much for you to handle there!!

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:00 5

30. miket1737 (Posts: 2970; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Eh have owned the Note 4 for over 6 months earlier this year, had a S6 for about 2 months and have had a Edge + for almost a month now. Try again though broski

Clearly it was too much for you to handle judging by your username lol..

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:13 1

27. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No it doesnt. There are ones that are curved so it fits the iPhone 6 just fine just like they make them for the S6 Edge

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:17

12. zeeBomb (Posts: 2137; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


All those YouTube videos with that curved display design are coming to life.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 09:20

60. HomerS (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


A curved display glass is nothing special we had this for years, since the Galaxy Nexus, but a curved display screen is something else and started with the Galaxy Round and LG Flex.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 11:03

63. ameran (Posts: 297; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


The curve on iPhone's screen is just how they cut the protection glass. The actual screen is flat. It has no function but just the look.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 09:17

70. StuiWooi (Posts: 91; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


Fairly sure, as others have pointed out, that it's just the glass on the outside that's curved, the screen is entirely flat.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 20:41 16

3. sarb009 (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


They already had curved screens < bendgate >

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:11 4

9. InsertUsernameHere (Posts: 426; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


Bendgate is old news.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:36 11

17. sarb009 (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I did not say it IS something new.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:41 2

18. InsertUsernameHere (Posts: 426; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


But why bring it up? People were talking about bendgate like last year.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 00:34

36. cnour (Posts: 954; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


You need to update your head, oh no you are an Android lover so you need to wait a lot to receive an update!!!!!!

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 01:32 6

38. lyndon420 (Posts: 4554; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


A true Android lover would use a Nexus, so your update comment is practically void and nonsensical. Oh no...you're an iPhone lover, so you need to wake up and see how many options and choices us Android lovers have to choose from.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:06 2

44. cnour (Posts: 954; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


So there are true Android lovers and fake ones?

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 08:25

71. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Stupid comment. That's like saying a true ice cream lover would only eat vanilla. There are many flavors of Android & you're no less of an Android lover for picking any of them.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 20:42 33

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1171; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


With Samsung it was a gimmick now it will be revolutionary

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 01:51 1

40. legiloca (Posts: 1410; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


the sarcasm is too strong on this one.. lel

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 08:58

59. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Every time.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:05 11

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Apple does not deserve these patents. First one should go to Samsung and the second one should go to Google.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:16 5

10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4452; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I thought LG had the first patent for a curved screen, they certainly had the first phone with one.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:58

20. TechNeck (Posts: 248; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


You're right they did.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:11 2

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


There are lots of ways to curve a screen. Right? The patent has to be for a different way seeing as LG and Samsung offered a different approach.

Amazing how the curved screen which is mostly for asthetics, which the iPhone was worshipped for, for years is considered a gimmicks and owner Apple may do similar one day and now people are getting excited.

Hypocrisy is a iFanboi number one trait.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 06:28 3

54. TerryTerius (Posts: 1924; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Actually, no they didn't. The first phone with a curved screen was the Samsung Galaxy round. The LG G flex came after that.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:36 2

16. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Dude, these patents were submitted 2-3 years ago. I actually remember when they were filed. People initially thought it was going to be the iPhone 6. A lot of people dismissed it due to the screen on the side. People assumed you would constantly hit the buttons while holding the phone. Fast forward to 2015 and we have 3D Touch. in fact, this is where all the fake iPhones on The Internet with wrap around screens came from. You know it's old because it has the old connector.

Something is up because of the timing this got approved. App,e must have pushed for it. Similar timing happened with Touch ID. Also, with the rumored new material, this could get interesting!

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 07:17

56. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I think you find Apple submitted as soon as Samsung showed its 1st edge phone beta phone it looked like the note edge, but was about 2 years before it came out as a real phone

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:03

22. discharge (unregistered)


So true there papasmurf Apple has failed since Steve jobs passed!! Apple needs to keep there greedy hands off!! Like always they copy android and the fanboys love it!! Heck just go android already but they have no brains they love to show that stupid shiny logo on the back LMAO!!

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