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The 5.8-inch Apple iPhone Pro could employ folded side screens to keep its size down

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The 5.8-inch Apple iPhone Pro could employ folded side screens to keep its size down
Yesterday, we told you about a report that Apple was working on an iPhone that would carry a 5.8-inch OLED screen. Possibly titled the Apple iPhone Pro, the handset would not hit the marketplace until 2017 at the earliest. For those wondering how Apple intends to offer such a large screen without the device becoming too unwieldy for smaller hands, there is talk that the phone would employ a screen that wraps around the sides of the unit.

One theory mentioned by DisplayMate's Ray Soneira, would be the use of "folded edge side screens" that would eliminate the side bezel on the handset. The side screens would also allow users of the phone to toggle on or off certain controls with virtual buttons. Last September, Apple was awarded a patent from the USPTO that it initially filed for back in 2013. The patent was for a curved screen that could make images appear as though they were coming from a continuous loop. As we said at the time,  Apple could use the patent to make an iPhone in the shape of a cylinder. An all-glass iPhone also could be in Apple's future, using 3D Touch instead of buttons.

"Because of their very flexible power management capabilities, OLEDs are not only more power efficient than LCDs for most image content, but they now deliver much higher peak Brightness than LCDs because of this. However, for mostly all white screen content LCDs are likely to remain brighter and more power efficient for a while. OLED displays can also be manufactured on flexible substrates, which allows the screens to be curved and rounded like on Samsung's Galaxy Edge and Galaxy Round displays. Right now the curved flexible OLED displays are protected under rigid glass, but in the near future OLED products will be foldable and flexible."-Ray Soneira, DisplayMate

Another possibility, as sketched by Apple in a patent filing from 2011, would be to use square sides that would offer virtual buttons, app icons and other controls. The phone would still include side bezels and would not be connected to the front display.


source: MacRumors

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posted on 09 Mar 2016, 15:46

1. TBomb (Posts: 688; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I was wondering when soemone would put non-physical buttons on the side

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 16:01 8

3. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Me too...
http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/11/galaxy-note-edge-review-06.jpg

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 16:21 6

5. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That's not what he was talkin about and u know it

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:20 5

14. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


It's non physical buttons on the side, 2 years ago. No need to turn this into a semantics game or a mind reading contest.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:23

22. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Sorry to tell you, but if by when Apple do it, if Samsung or lg have not made a phone then does this, this will not happen at all, it will be the same design as the s7 edge, as it makes the phone smaller, I.e. There 5.5" screen is way way way smaller in the hand than the iPhone 6s Plus with the same screen size

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 14:19

49. Macready (Posts: 843; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


And to be clear, yes I'm referring to the fact that the edge panel could be used for example camera function buttons. Not to mentioned all the apps (including 3rd party music players), allowing the use of buttons on that edge side panel.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:15 4

19. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Note Edge early days have camera shutter on the Edge panel. But you still can use Ruler app to replace the actual ruler.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 16:31 4

6. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


The ideal design and ergonomics I'd love being implemented is the Samsung's idea of a foldable display.. Where a phablets would take the form factor of a palm phone when folded and when unfolded the size of a tablet

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:18

31. lyndon420 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I agree. To pull something like that off would be huge for mobile and most certainly game changing.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 15:46 3

2. jngo102 (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


But...but why?

Why would you want to rotate your phone just to see everything on the wrap-around display?

Where would the camera go?

How would palm rejection work?

Drop this thing once and the whole thing is shattered.

...why?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 16:20 1

4. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I think the point is to unwrap it for bigger screen - or keep it wrapped for portability.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:16

12. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Actually taking into consideration some of the rumors, maybe that's why apple is moving onto OLED screens - to have an ability to turn off pixels of the part of the screen that's wrapped around the back.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 16:56 2

8. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1111; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I don't think the wrapped screen would go all the way over onto the rear. It would most likely stop at some point soon after being wrapped around the side.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:14

11. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I'd imagine so... need room for camera, either way would be great to have an ipad sized screen for movies and drawing that folds into a device you can handle with one hand. Whatever the method, it's likely in the future, just dont know when...

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:34

25. jalebi2000 (Posts: 176; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


I think the display might be like the one on my s6 edge, but all the way down. They may also make it go all the way throught the back, and use that as like a yota type back display. Maybe it'll be 720p or less from the back side and more on the front. I'd see apple doing that for design, since you could make your own back designs.
But you'd need no case to see it though :(

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:20 1

32. lyndon420 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Otterbox will be scratching their heads on this one lol.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 16:41 13

7. ruben_2s (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)


Keep dreaming, apple fanboys

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:20 2

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


why do you do this? it's fun to speculate, that's it... I'm an apple fanboy because I like the iOS UI design and ecosystem. But I'm all for ALL TECH to move forward and amaze us.

If you think it's wrong to speculate, then why are you here, reading tech "NEWS" - if things of what to come dont interest you - go read the encyclopedia, and if that's too chaotic for you, then I suggest the word dictionary....

Live and let live, bro....

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:46 7

16. Quicksword_Phantom (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2015)


Get a life, maybe a gf and stop troll defending all the Apple articles.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 22:32 4

39. azimesmail (Posts: 125; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


How about everyone stops bashing each other? Why is personal preference such a big deal? Some people like iOS, some people like Android. So what?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 00:51 2

42. Wiencon (Posts: 1774; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Because those guys's ego is too big

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 04:42

43. belovedson (Posts: 978; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


It started with patents and troll lawsuits by Apple

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:46

48. azimesmail (Posts: 125; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


Yeah but that has to do with the companies, let the companies duke it out however they please. That doesn't mean that us, as consumers, have to act like children every time a Samsung or Apple post shows up on the internet.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:55

46. Ruturaj (Posts: 1281; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


What is apple's ecosystem?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:58 2

18. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


How exactly is it fanboyish to speculate on a patent?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:10

30. ibend (Posts: 3539; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right.. it just not gonna happen

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:06 4

9. htcisthebest (Posts: 145; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Samsung will definitely be the first manufacturer to introduce a commercialized foldable smartphone. They are always the pioneer on design/hardware side.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:38

26. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Yep, but I have a big doubt Android will compatible with their foldable phones without heavily covered by Touchwiz.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:00

34. lyndon420 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


When those foldable phones come out who's to say it will even run Android? Could be tizen or some new variant by then. Haven't tried tizen yet so I'm curious where that could end up going. Maybe Samsung will try to succeed where ms failed - that all important third big player to break up the current duopoly between iOS and Android.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:07

38. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Need Android to make it popular.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:14 10

10. cripton805 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


They just want to buy the patent so Samsung can't do anything with their edge displays. Year after year we see these articles and theyre just buying patents to patent troll. Cmon. Get on the bandwagon.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:21 7

15. Chuck007 (Posts: 1041; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Yeah maybe there should be a law where companies need to use the patented tech for their products within a specific timeframe.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:17 1

20. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


That's a much needed patent system reformation to stop them patent trolls and lawsuit hypocrites...

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:02 1

35. lyndon420 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Amen to that!!

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 17:49

17. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


Virtual volume and power side-buttons are inferior and impractical compared to physical ones as you can't operate them by feel (without using your eyes). They are just another gimmick to lure the gullible.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:21

21. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


It is will be gimmick ONLY of it has Samsung logo on it.
People have no problem playing games with virtual buttons on the screen. Why it will be a problem of the volume rocker replaced by Edge panels?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:29

24. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


"Why it will be a problem of the volume rocker replaced by Edge panels?"

I already told you why idiot... you can't use it by feel. Learn to read.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:54

27. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


If you can do double taps to wake the phone up. Why you cant do the same thing by brushing your thumb/finger Up-Down on the side panel. For more acurate feels, OEMs will use presure sensitive screen. You fan do it even thought the screen OFF.
Power button need to be physical button thought.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:06 1

36. lyndon420 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The benefit though is less physical wear and tear on the hardware. The power button on the other hand needs to stay physical obviously until someone invents an operating system that doesn't crash.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 18:24 1

23. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


So Apple will patented Samsung gimmicks.... again?

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:09

29. ibend (Posts: 3539; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


*already

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:06

37. catze86 (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Ah.. My bad.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:07

28. twens (Posts: 955; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


All this articles about future iPhones. Is someone feeling threatened by the current Samsung devices and the hardware they pack? I have a feeling all this articles are just to create a mind awareness into people's head that Apple is also cooking something great when in actual fact they re not. This move is just to slow down SGS7/edge sales. Lol

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 19:57 1

33. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2249; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Take this with a bucket of salt... This is so not apple....

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 23:04 1

40. nctx77 (Posts: 1709; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I have a strong feeling that Apple may be going to a 3 year update cycle as far a major design goes. It's either that or they are waiting for the 10th anniversary next year to come out with a major update. It sounds like the 2016 phone will be an SS model lol!

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 23:16 1

41. RoboticEngi (Posts: 588; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Copy cats again.......

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:26

44. Lenny86 (Posts: 93; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


ill wait for the russian real leak like two years ago.These news are blah

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:28

45. hortizano (Posts: 289; Member since: 22 May 2013)


jajajajaja.. innovation.. jajajajaja...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:58

47. bassembm (Posts: 75; Member since: 27 Dec 2015)


in your dreams crappy apple

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