Apple receives patent that could lead to an iPhone 7 with a curved and flexible display
posted by Alan F. / Sep 29, 2015, 8:30 PM
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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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.
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 8:35 PM 3
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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.
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 8:39 PM 31
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They already had curved screens < bendgate >
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 8:41 PM 16
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Bendgate is old news.
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 9:11 PM 4
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With Samsung it was a gimmick now it will be revolutionary
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 8:42 PM 33
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Apple does not deserve these patents. First one should go to Samsung and the second one should go to Google.
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 9:05 PM 11
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I thought LG had the first patent for a curved screen, they certainly had the first phone with one.
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 9:16 PM 5
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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.
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 10:11 PM 2
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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!
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 9:36 PM 2
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!!
posted on Sep 29, 2015, 10:03 PM 0
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Why? If Apple started to work on these things earlier than Samsung, they deserve the patents. Samsung brought it earlier to market though.
posted on Sep 30, 2015, 12:08 AM 0
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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
posted on Sep 30, 2015, 7:21 AM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 30, 2015, 11:51 AM 0
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
posted on Sep 30, 2015, 1:05 PM 0
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