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

69. kenaldinho4444

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Is it 2020 already?

67. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

58. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung was showing this of in 2010/2011, what a joke

53. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple sucks....period!

52. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Galaxy Round

51. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Apple doesn't make any of these things, they just tell manufacturers what they want for technology they deserve the patent on then use the massively corrupt U.S patent office and courts to get that patent to sue all the foreign companies.

50. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cant wait for droptest of this phone, lol

46. pellen

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

US patent is overrated. no novelty in curved screens. excuse me but it's too easy to patent in America.

47. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

apple patent everything they want there, even if they'll never use all those patent, at least they can rip-off some money from other company that trying to sell their smartphone on US

45. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

They have the patent now, but they have to beg Samsung for that. Not only that A9 is made by them, now all that's missing is buy supet amoled.

49. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they can use pOLED from LG.. but they wont, curved screen is too expensive for them, it will hurt their profit margin by $3-$5

42. iMichael unregistered

This is truly innovative, take note Samsung!

41. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

My 2011 Samsung galaxy nexus had a curved display (not flexible), I quit using that old phone in 2013.. Glad Apple decided to finally invent the curved display. I don't know what we would do without Apple inventing these amazing things years after they appeared on Android, like Multitasking, Drop down notifications, Wireless syncing, lock screen app launches, customizable wallpapers, OTA updates, front facing cameras, LED Flash, Multiple carriers, Integrated voice controls. Still no widgets yet though... that must be a hard invention! I sure wish Android would invent some of this stuff! ;-) I keep hearing about all these amazing inventions by Apple that I've been using for years on Android, why they don't just go ahead and invent it themselves is beyond me.....

34. tarheel4life1

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

Smh you can't even be mad at Apple anymore, they are smart, to me samsung and Google are why the iPhone is doin so well, heck you let apple use Google maps, YouTube, Gmail, imagine if Google restricted the to only android and samsung stopped making batteries and processors for the iPhone, it would be a whole new ball game, samsung should have patent it first as well as google, now each iPhone gets bigger and bigger borrowing androids old features smh

68. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Then Google will be slapped with an anti-monopoly charge.

33. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

This will be the phone. Apple has such a good plan ahead not like other company that are copying apple.

31. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

They haven't even done anything but yeah .. patented technology. Lmao rotten Apple.

28. mariow2015

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I don't get how this is allowed, when Samsung has already made a phone breaking the patent. Can anyone explain?

62. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There is many ways to cook a cat....there is many ways to bend steal, yet there is probably 50 patents in doing so. One way is not the only way. As well, idea always comes before application, as a result the idea can be protected by patent for so long.

25. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

but they haven't developed or created anything new - why are they getting such patents approved?

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Patents. It's all about who has the deeper pocket. Protect innovation my ass.

14. Raghavkumar

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Apple will probably use this for iPhone 9!!

24. discharge unregistered

Nope never!!

13. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Ok :/

11. perry1234

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Well all I see Apple do is apply for these patents ,but no idea when such features will actually make their way to consumer devices. Other manufacturers are faster on the application part.

32. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

They need to wait for other to actually make it, so they can buy/steal it from them. That's apple innovation....

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.

15. ConsoleLover

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Samsung is already leading the pack. LG has a curved screen phone as well, yet was unsuccessful. It's all in good time...

23. discharge unregistered

Samsung will always lead they do more than just phoned too!! Does Apple?? NOPE!! Just failed iOS and updates

37. willywanta

Posts: 503; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

learn history dude. Samsung and LG have already made curved screen smartphone. Samsung even has curved screen smartwatches. Oh and they even have flexible screen technology, not just curved screen. But just like usual, when Apple does it, it is MAGICAL & REVOLUTIONARY.

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