Apple's new patent hints at wrap-around screen on future iPhone models

Apple's new patent hints at wrap-around screen on future iPhone models
Back in 2015, Apple received a patent for a curved screen that wrapped around the front and sides of an iPhone. The regular buttons would be replaced by virtual representations along the sides, and the implementation includes a flexible screen. Obviously this approach hasn't been used yet by the company, although Apple did receive a new patent today which covers an "Electronic device with wrap-around housing."

According to the patent, content can be viewed on any portion of the wrap-around display. In addition, the device would use a pair of user interfaces. One would be employed for "the central portion of the transparent housing component, and a second user interface comprising a control input through at least one of the peripheral portions of the transparent housing component."

Similar to what was mentioned in the 2015 patent, in one version of the wrap-around screen, a second flexible display is used to create a 3D-like effect on the phone. The patent also covers the use of a wrap-around screen to create a "multi-display electronic portable device." Apple originally filed a patent application for an "Electronic device with wrap-around housing" in May, 2016. The United States Patent and Trademark Office assigned it a U.S. patent number of 9,983,630.

Will Apple use this design in a future iPhone model? We certainly wouldn't rule it out although we wouldn't expect to see something like this until 2020 at the earliest.


Check out images from the patent at the top of this story, and in the slideshow below.


source: USPTO

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19 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

Like Samsung Galaxy phones.lol

8. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

No. This would be a revolutionary design which no one has done. Nothing like gimmicky sammy

11. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Would be the biggest gimmick of all time. How the hell would you even hold it. Talk about accidental screen touchs.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Never been an apple fan or purchased any of their products but i hate how some Samsung sheeps blindly think that everything is copied from Samsung. Have a look at that patent and tell me where does that thing even remotely resembles a Galaxy or any Samsung for god's sake ?

14. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

As Apple themselves have said, when viewed from a distance they look identical.

2. BuffaloSouce unregistered

As a current iPhone user, I can tell you that is a terrible design. Besides, they’ve been teasing that layout since 2012 and I don’t believe they would actually release it.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That would be the stupidest design of all time, I DONT CARE who would be the one that does it, it's stupid.

4. thedizzle

Posts: 197; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

As much as I love my s9, s9+ and note 8, the curved edges bug the hell out of me. Id say apple should stay away from the curved edges xD

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yeah I didn’t like that too (no I hated that), one of the major reasons I switched from Samsung for the time being. I was thinking about Active version - but it’s too bulky. Apple better not follow the trend.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But, iFans said curved screen is useless, gimmicky, hard to handle, and easier to break.. And now they have 2 years to forget all about that, just like they forget how much they hate big screen, AMOLED, wireless charging, stylus, etc right after Apple "invent" it

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Man, everyone said that!!!! Not just IFans. 1. Useless, yes! 2. Gimmicky, yes! (Looks nice, but see #1) 3. Hard to handle, yes! After years of using - I still have accidental input with either palm or bottom of finger when reaching. 4. Easier to break,you seriously wanna argue this one? This will not change for any device - these are true facts!

15. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wireless charging is still pretty useless, AMOLED screens were bad before Apple made it better with X. I don't think anyone hates stylus? :) it's just a pen. Also i still don't see any reason to use stylus with the phone, in other hand i own one with my iPad Pro and it's great for making graphics, i see zero reason to use it with phone.

16. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wireless charging is still pretty useless, AMOLED screens were bad before Apple made it better with X. I don't think anyone hates stylus? :) it's just a pen. Also i still don't see any reason to use stylus with the phone, in other hand i own one with my iPad Pro and it's great for making graphics, i see zero reason to use it with phone.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Pretty sure my iPhone X has a wrap around display already. Look at the diagrams. Apple had to do this to reach the top and bottom of phones. If they expose it it better be just display and not touch ability because that would be one frustrating device to use. But I agree with everyone here - they’ve been hinting this design for, like, evah! It’s ufly and reminds me of a deodorant stick.

10. BossBryanTantoco

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

its like a powerbank

13. theot14430 unregistered

They may never manufacture it.

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

These screens won't be coming from LG. They are still so far behind what Samsung has been churning out.

18. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

looks like an apple pie box.

19. skwy1963

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

this is just to make people think that they are inovative. ha ha everyone knows lg is king

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