Apple receives patent that could lead to an iPhone 7 with a curved and flexible display

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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60 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30719; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

2.5d glass is such a gimmick, does nothing except stop you from applying a tempered glass protector on flush.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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

12. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

All those YouTube videos with that curved display design are coming to life.

60. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 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.

63. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

70. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 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.

3. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

They already had curved screens < bendgate >

9. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Bendgate is old news.

17. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I did not say it IS something new.

18. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

But why bring it up? People were talking about bendgate like last year.

36. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 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!!!!!!

4. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

With Samsung it was a gimmick now it will be revolutionary

40. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

the sarcasm is too strong on this one.. lel

59. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Every time.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple does not deserve these patents. First one should go to Samsung and the second one should go to Google.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I thought LG had the first patent for a curved screen, they certainly had the first phone with one.

20. TechNeck

Posts: 626; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You're right they did.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

54. TerryTerius unregistered

Actually, no they didn't. The first phone with a curved screen was the Samsung Galaxy round. The LG G flex came after that.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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!

56. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 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

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!!

35. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 649; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

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

57. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 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

64. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

66. willard12 unregistered

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/

43. SPASE

Posts: 255; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

8. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

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