Apple files patent application for an Apple iPhone with wrap-around AMOLED display

Apple files patent application for an Apple iPhone with wrap-around AMOLED display
Back in 2011, Apple filed a patent application with the USPTO for an "Electronic device with wrap-around display." This is essentially an Apple iPhone with a wrap-around AMOLED screen that is unrolled inside a transparent chassis made of glass or another see-through material. Apple points out in the application that today's smartphones do not utilize a large amount of surface area leading the Cupertion based tech titan to seek a solution. To make the design seamless, no buttons are used which means that a gesture interface controls settings like the volume.

The patent also discusses the radio transparency of the glass, allowing for the transmission of radio signals. This could be beefed up by the use of metal structures in certain areas of the device. The display would get help from facial recognition technology (using a front-facing camera) to help correctly orient the content on the display. In addition, the patent talks about multiple layers of the display positioned in such a manner that it would create 3D images. One of the iterations of the device mentioned in the patent would allow users to remove end caps on a tube-shaped unit to connect it with another tube-shaped model, forming a larger display.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider



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74 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Neat. Looks like an innovative concept.

2. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

is it really ?

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, a flexible amoled screen device. Very innovative. No one else has been working on a flexible amoled screen device. /sarcasm This is Apple doing what Apple always does - looking at what others are doing, and patenting it to prevent the actual innovators from marketing it.

10. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

It s like when sony and microsoft tried to include motion controls like the wii after seeing the success of the Wii

33. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

no no no no nooooooo come on samsung why would you sell such awesome technology to your enemy? samsung should have made phones with curved screen themselves. for past 4 years samsung showed off this screen and then secretly sold it to apple?

35. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

we lived half a decade of "rounded corner" and now rounded screen? this patent better not get verified. apple knows itself it cant produce this screen so they wont let samsung make it either. this will kill a whole direction of smartphone future.

42. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

When did Apple ever made anything? They are a R&D company, what's wrong with USA granting these patent to Apple, or is the USPTO bribed or are the dimwits,,,,? Looks like its a backhand job: "Bribe" Apple will go to a insane state and pay whatever it takes to attain this!

74. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Sony was the first to use motion control in 2003 with their EyeToy but it wasn't used widely for games unlike Wii which is in 2007 where its control is wholly motion controlled making it popular and thinking Nintendo was the first and Sony and Microsoft followed.

37. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And America has made things easier for Apple with relevance of all prior art being made irrelevant. So stealing is legalized now for the benefit of such trolls :)

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apples a jerk for doing that, but from a business standpoint it's very smart. Do I like it...no, but I understand what they're doing. Think if the fist soft drink maker had patented the aluminum can, or glass bottle. I hope Sammy was smart enough to patent it first since its theirs.

58. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well and wisely said +1 to you ™®

77. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Samsung already has a functioning prototype - go to the 5 minute mark on this videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rrEhnXjvIo

47. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

LMAO, isn't it pathetic? They have hit the brickwall on innovation so they ATTEMPT to stop others in the Court room. Which is downright pathetic and anyone who endorses their products from mid 2012 on is either a blind idiot. Or a straight up Dbag. This is complete BS if they issue this to them and they turn around to use it. But then again the chairmen of the FCC is supposedly stepping down or already has done so. So HOPEFULLY somebody with HALF a sack will step in and do what is right and stop this crap.

49. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

No this is Samsungs fault, they should have patented this, they didn´t and now someone else did it. A normal customer doesn´t care if it is a stolen technology, he just looks at it and says cool I want that and if it is Apple, he will probably buy it because Apple said that it a super new tech made by them. So Samsung should have patented this long before Apple did, I mean they invented this , right?

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do you know for sure if they didn't, or are you generally speaking Pedro?

57. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I don´t know, these patents just gives me headaches :). But it would be pretty stupid of Samsung not to patent this great piece of technology.

59. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Before the changeover to first-to-file here in the US , I'm sure companies probably just figured they could rely on invalidation through proof of prior art. Corporate accountants probably told them a cost/benefit analysis showed that they shouldn't spend money filing for everything under the Sun if they could just limit expenditures to specific patents. Of course now that we're first-to-file in the US, companies are better off saying to hell with a fully developed innovation, just file "something" to get a lock on the patent. First-to-file may work overseas but in America's "corporatocracy" I can only see us, the consumers, getting bent over.

60. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's true

61. KennethP4V

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

what? so from now on Apple cant file any patent? i dont know wut u guys r thinking and u guys have been brainwashed by samsung too much. U act like Samsung is really nice, innocent, and naive so Apple will easily patent this and that to take advantage of it. U act like samsung doesnt know wut it means to file a patent. If they really did invent something, dont worry, 1st thing they do b4 they even leak a rumor about it is file a patent. its not samsung's 1st day in the tech business, its funny seeing some people crying out loud like omg why samsung y r u letting apple do this y dint u patent it and blah blah blah, i laugh hard at how stupid u guys r.

8. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

samsung already showed wrap-around edge screen , and where apple going to buy the amoled screens from ????? hahahaha

19. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Apple would become Samsung's lil b*tch xD

53. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

apple will buy Samsung. LOL they will buy their screens from LG and sharp. Not Samsung because the already terminated the partnership.

79. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

With what money? Samsung is worth more than Apple. Hell, compare their stocks!

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Neat. Looks like an innovative concept." Which exactly part of this concept is Apple's innovation, AMOLED display or wrapping ? :DDD

16. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Really? I saw this 2 years ago.... see this youtube video watch?v=Thfy1HF-2t4 It's deja vu

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Another innovation that they will steal and claim they have invented it!

20. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Except for the stealing thing.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How is it theft when they are the ones who came up with the design and idea? It's theft when you design your phone to look like your competitor and gain sales because of that. That is theft.

25. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I can assure you that Apple has nothing to do with this design. The AMOLED has been a way for quite sometimes now. So have wrap around. These 2 innovation has a lot to do with Sony and Samsung. Beside all the pre-design and attempt to patent have already been around or nobody cares for. Maybe the buttons, connections or speakers can be patent. But who cares. Really look at, it looks like and apple pie from McDonalds. Oh what it has something to do with "apple"

30. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Apple is buying an off the shelf product, a 6 year old could take a flexible screed and wrap it around a block. How are their concept sketches impressive when we saw actual working hardware with wrap around screens from Samsung a month ago? Oooh, right, that's where they got the idea. So it's stealing if anyone else does it but when Apple does it they "came up with it". You're good for a laugh once in a while. Thanks

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