Apple patents new screen technology that may allow it to create thinner devices

Apple patents new screen technology that may allow it to create thinner devices
Well, well, well, what do we have here? A brand new patent has been granted to Apple, which has to do with a new screen technology conceived by the company. Apparently, the way things currently stand, the digitizer (the touch-sensitive element) of the screen is being placed on top of the LCD panel, but with this new patent, Apple envisions the idea of integrating the digitizer withing the LCD panel itself. According to the patent description, this can be achieved in a number of ways. Obviously, this might allow the company to produce even thinner devices for its customers to enjoy. The question is, how comfortable would extremely thin devices be to hold and work with?

Here's brief description of the new patent:


More info about the patent and technology behind it can be found in the Source link.

source: USPTO via BGR

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32 Comments

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

you just simply cant make phones too thin, the same way you dont want your phone too bulky! gotta find a balance or a "fine line"

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

too thin is breakable.. even coring gorilla is breakable.. too bulky is heavy... so they need to be on the middle, not too thin and not bulky

11. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Around 8 & 7 mms will be nice, but it's just a personal prefrence I guess.

18. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Thinner component doesn't mean you want to do a thinner (or ridiculously thin) phone. You may use the saved space for extra battery or something else :)

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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29. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

"Apple" just get a life...!!!!

3. Phonesarecool

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

The thinner the screen = more room for the battery = longer battery life. Sounds good

4. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

No not exactly good. THinner phones = more Fragile

25. Virile

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

I think you miss the point, its not to make the phone thinner its to make the screen thinner, a thinner screen means more room for inside components.

30. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

But the article says "to create thinner devices".

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

well thats sounds good like you said but if i remember correctly, the new iphone is supposed to have a 1440 mAh battery........which is really small for a supposed 4 inch phone with LTE capabilities... So maybe this will help but im not too sure about it...

7. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

yeah lol.. actually.. i think that a phone with around 11mm to 9mm is thin enough..... thats what i call not to thin and not too bulky

23. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Just because there is "more room for battery" doesn't mean Apple will add more battery.. LOL. iPhones have such little batteries because the OS is literally 1:1 optimized for the hardware, so there are virtually no wastes in power or CPU cycles. OEMs like Apple don't just stuff phones to the brim with specs desirable to the consumer because they want to work on a profit, So lol, don't expect any 2000mAH iPhones anytime soon.

24. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

You're kind of on the right track, but the reason Apple doesn't need such a large battery is because their OS isn't really an OS in the way you would consider Windows, Mac, Linux, or even Android. iOS is more of just an app launcher. There's really no function behind whatever app is running. It's why iOS doesn't support things like widgets or live tiles. It's not a knock at them, it's just the truth. In all honesty, most smartphone users don't need things like that. Then again, most smartphone users don't need smartphones or really know how to use them.

27. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I understand that haha, I didnt want to beat the topic to death. iOS force closes apps in background so often, which limits the amount or parallelism in the OS, and that take stress off of the cpu. And it is no where as dynamically coded as any Android system -- most of the reasons why iPhones have more battery life

10. vladd100

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

thin phones is not the only target here....an extra space could be used for a biggest battery,that's the real goal..

13. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Why go thinner? I think current thicknesses are enough already.

14. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

erm.. Samsung AMOLED display is their Active matrix organic led display, used on earlier phones. Samsung "SAMOLED" display is the same as above, but with the touch layer integrated into the display allowing for better brightness and less power consumption.... Samsung have been using SAMOLED displays since the release of the Galaxy i9000 (Samsung Wave S8500 has one) so this isn't new... yet apple of course get a patent for it...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_AMOLED#Marketing_terms

16. mathburn

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Maybe they patent it "LCD" not "OLED"

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

@nlbates66 LCD and OLED are two different things!

15. Aeires unregistered

"...Apple envisions the idea..." Just a concept at this point.

17. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

the "concept" of display digitizer layer integrated into the display panel has been in "production" in the shape of every SAMOLED device Samsung have released so far! :P

20. Aeires unregistered

Seriously doubt Samsung did not patent their technology which means Apple is pursuing a slightly different approach, so at this point this is just a concept until physical evidence exists to back up their claim. Clarified enough for you?

19. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

This is the problem with the patent laws. You should not be able to patent an "idea" unless you have a functioning version of the technology you wish to patent. How is it that Apple is patenting ideas for a screen when 1) Apple doesn't even know how to make screens, which is why they buy them from Sharp and LG and whoever else and 2) Samsung is already producing screens utilizing this type of technology! Here come more lawsuits from Apple against Samsung...I bet they think this technology is worth $5 billion... What a joke!

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

OK getting very sick and tired of APPLE'S patent B.S. do they even have such a technology existed? I'm pretty sure their paying someone for these granted patents it's like they want to own NO they might as well buy the USPO. and they don't even make screens. And phonerena or any blog website shouldn't POST PATENT articles it's not even news to me unless they show the hardware.

28. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Finally Apple, something worth patenting, not a bunch of colorful icons and eye-candy effects.

32. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

But it is a patent that exists, and I am sorry, you really shouldn't be able to patent something unless you can physically produce it.

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