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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: 20086; 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: 539; 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: 1154; 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: 2381; 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: 2381; 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: 8939; 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: 1860; 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: 174; 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: 258; 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: 307; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


They already had curved screens < bendgate >

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:11 4

9. InsertUsernameHere (Posts: 373; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


Bendgate is old news.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:36 11

17. sarb009 (Posts: 307; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I did not say it IS something new.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:41 2

18. InsertUsernameHere (Posts: 373; 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: 589; 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: 3991; 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: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


So there are true Android lovers and fake ones?

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 08:25

71. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3722; 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: 1083; 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: 1323; 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: 10439; 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: 3918; 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: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


You're right they did.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:11 2

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; 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: 1594; 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: 1767; 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: 2840; 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!!

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 00:08

35. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 275; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Why? If Apple started to work on these things earlier than Samsung, they deserve the patents. Samsung brought it earlier to market though.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 01:39 4

39. lyndon420 (Posts: 3991; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Applications for patents such as these shouldn't be awarded and/or filed without working prototypes attached to the applications.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:56 1

48. ibend (Posts: 3862; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


but this one is "US Patent".. u got money, u get rights for that patent..

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 07:21 1

57. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


They did not, do you have any idea what you in about, Samsung showed off beta products way before Apple even was thinking about it they just stared right after Samsung showed a bets of the note edge 2 years before it came out
Apple just came up with any old idea with no product at all, unlike Samsung that had working phones and panels all on show

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 11:51

64. rudlie (Posts: 202; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Yes. US patents getting more crap. Every company who want to get patent must show the prototype before approved, not only with design, idea, and sketch patent can be approved. I believe Apple does not have the prototype when it registered. If I have fortune teller who can see the future's trend, I want to patented those easily.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 13:05

66. willard12 (Posts: 1560; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Samsung filed for and was awarded a patent for the edge screens prior to Apple filing for this patent. It looks like Apple's is different because of the sphere shape.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/samsung-patent-filing-envisions-wraparound-smartphone-screen-of-the-future/

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:05 5

43. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


You are absolutely right
2010http://youtube.com/watch?v=W0TpF3qchNI
2011http://youtube.com/watch?v=HU2nG9qy6vs
100 percent Apple deserves these patients :/

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:06 2

8. InsertUsernameHere (Posts: 373; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


This is cool. I can't wait to see an iPhone with a curved screen. Hopefully, more companies start to develop curved/flexible screens.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:28 7

15. ConsoleLover (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)


Samsung is already leading the pack. LG has a curved screen phone as well, yet was unsuccessful. It's all in good time...

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:05 3

23. discharge (unregistered)


Samsung will always lead they do more than just phoned too!! Does Apple?? NOPE!! Just failed iOS and updates

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 00:48 4

37. willywanta (Posts: 224; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


learn history dude. Samsung and LG have already made curved screen smartphone. Samsung even has curved screen smartwatches.
Oh and they even have flexible screen technology, not just curved screen.
But just like usual, when Apple does it, it is MAGICAL & REVOLUTIONARY.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 07:17 1

55. InsertUsernameHere (Posts: 373; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


I know that, obviously. I was talking companies who don't have curved screens on their phones. Also, no one says "revolutionary" when Apple does something. That's what you fanboys say on every single Apple related article.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:17

11. perry1234 (Posts: 150; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


Well all I see Apple do is apply for these patents ,but no idea when such features will actually make their way to consumer devices. Other manufacturers are faster on the application part.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:16 3

32. RoboticEngi (Posts: 604; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


They need to wait for other to actually make it, so they can buy/steal it from them. That's apple innovation....

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:23

13. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 287; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Ok :/

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:27 1

14. Raghavkumar (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


Apple will probably use this for iPhone 9!!

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:06

24. discharge (unregistered)


Nope never!!

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 21:44 2

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Patents. It's all about who has the deeper pocket. Protect innovation my ass.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:06 1

25. Tizo101 (Posts: 394; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


but they haven't developed or created anything new - why are they getting such patents approved?

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 22:23 1

28. mariow2015 (Posts: 39; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


I don't get how this is allowed, when Samsung has already made a phone breaking the patent. Can anyone explain?

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 11:00

62. elitewolverine (Posts: 5119; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


There is many ways to cook a cat....there is many ways to bend steal, yet there is probably 50 patents in doing so.

One way is not the only way. As well, idea always comes before application, as a result the idea can be protected by patent for so long.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:13 2

31. Dude2014 (Posts: 436; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


They haven't even done anything but yeah .. patented technology. Lmao rotten Apple.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:40

33. bistech (Posts: 59; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


This will be the phone. Apple has such a good plan ahead not like other company that are copying apple.

posted on 29 Sep 2015, 23:52 2

34. tarheel4life1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2015)


Smh you can't even be mad at Apple anymore, they are smart, to me samsung and Google are why the iPhone is doin so well, heck you let apple use Google maps, YouTube, Gmail, imagine if Google restricted the to only android and samsung stopped making batteries and processors for the iPhone, it would be a whole new ball game, samsung should have patent it first as well as google, now each iPhone gets bigger and bigger borrowing androids old features smh

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 14:23

68. murphslaws (Posts: 54; Member since: 22 Apr 2015)


Then Google will be slapped with an anti-monopoly charge.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:00

41. netizen (Posts: 52; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


My 2011 Samsung galaxy nexus had a curved display (not flexible), I quit using that old phone in 2013.. Glad Apple decided to finally invent the curved display. I don't know what we would do without Apple inventing these amazing things years after they appeared on Android, like Multitasking, Drop down notifications, Wireless syncing, lock screen app launches, customizable wallpapers, OTA updates, front facing cameras, LED Flash, Multiple carriers, Integrated voice controls. Still no widgets yet though... that must be a hard invention! I sure wish Android would invent some of this stuff! ;-) I keep hearing about all these amazing inventions by Apple that I've been using for years on Android, why they don't just go ahead and invent it themselves is beyond me.....

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:03 1

42. iMichael (unregistered)


This is truly innovative, take note Samsung!

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:15

45. flavius22 (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)


They have the patent now, but they have to beg Samsung for that. Not only that A9 is made by them, now all that's missing is buy supet amoled.

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 03:00 3

49. ibend (Posts: 3862; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


they can use pOLED from LG.. but they wont, curved screen is too expensive for them, it will hurt their profit margin by $3-$5

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 02:41 2

46. pellen (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


US patent is overrated.
no novelty in curved screens.
excuse me but it's too easy to patent in America.

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