Bezel-free Apple iPhone coming?

Bezel-free Apple iPhone coming?
NOTE: The bezel-free Apple iPhone in the image to the left is a concept version produced by Hasan Kaymak called the iPhone 7 Edge.

According to Apple's supply chain, the tech giant is considering switching from using the in-cell technology for iPhone displays, to either glass-on-glass or on-cell glass. Either of the two techniques would allow Apple to produce a bezel-free version of its iconic smartphone. The problem with using the in-cell technology is that it is not responsive to touch inputs around the edge of the display.

Supply chain sources say that Apple is trying to develop a phone using a glass-on-glass display that is as thin as its current iPhone models, which employ in-cell displays. The latter would also make it difficult for Apple to produce 4K resolution screens for a future iPhone handset. According to the supply chain, TPK is using a combination of a glass-on-glass substrate laminated with a thin film. But the best that the company can do now is make a screen no thinner than 8.5mm. TPK believes that it can reduce that to a thickness of 7.1mm which happens to be the exact measurement of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It isn't clear whether Apple would be able to make any adjustment in time for this year's iPhone models, or if the change will happen in 2016 or beyond.

Apple and some of its suppliers are working on other new technologies that they hope will produce responsive displays that will allow them to offer a bezel-free display. Such a screen would let Apple offer new capabilities for the iPhone by making the edge of the screen functional. Other companies, particularly ZTE, have made the extra real estate on a bezel-less screen particularly useful by allowing users to swipe the sides of the glass in order to control certain functions.

Thanks for the tip, Suzanne!

source: PatentlyApple via iDrop

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29 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

We have been hearing about this seemingly FFFFOREVER. Any bezel-less handset will hinder the practicality of a well-protective case. Only way Apple will try this is if their sales slip THAT much...AND is after they go with a curved screen, stylus or maybe removable battery. So nobody should be holding their breath on this one.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This is not a Samsung edge thing, it's just reducing the bezel around the screen. I can see them reducing the size of the phone if anything. As for a case, I don't think they will have anymore problems than making cases for the S6 edge. They will just raise it slightly at the corners to create the lay on table design. Rugged cases can just expose more screen while keeping the rest bulky to protect the phone.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

This would make the protection much less good. an S6 edge in an otterbox defender is less protected than an S6in the same kind of case.

9. waddup121 unregistered

lol not coming

2. thebilderbergs

Posts: 5; Member since: May 13, 2015

They can just keeps skimping on battery size like always. That could get them down to 7.1

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

they just added another hour with iOS 9. Also, when you turn on the battery saving mode, it gives you an additional 3 hrs.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

We will see if this is true. Personally i expect its will lower the battery life and bring it back if you use battery saving mode... NEVER trust apple number for battery time :)

15. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Actually Apple is rather conservative when it comes to battery life. But I like iHaters who "promised" the next iOS will bring more bugs, less battery life and worse performance shaking in panic about what Apple is going to bring. For now we have first developer beta which got "about the same battery life" which is crazy considering first betas are always full of bugs tasking the battery.

23. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Actually no, iOS 9 is having major battery drain so again your blind try to defend failed.

25. tedkurd unregistered

Let me go out of character real quick to address your mental issue. It is called a beta for a reason lmao. I can see where you are coming from, since Android has been in beta since it released, but please, if you're going to talk about battery drain, don't even start haha xD xD xD KEK KEK KEK KEK KEK. People buying brand new $400-$1000 Android handsets only to see them fully deplete within an hour LOL I mean KEK! What a scrub

26. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You just got master degree of butthurtnes.

28. tedkurd unregistered

Good reply, lololol. Only one butthurt here is you. P.S. Work on your trolling skills. They're mediocre, like everything else you do.

29. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

How can it be trolling when its a fact? You need to start more going outside social life rather then being desperate impersonating others on tech website.

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Probably coming in 2020.

6. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

#fake

21. gaming64 unregistered

Obviously :P

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn every hour PA is spamming us with Apple propaganda! This makes me visit PA lesser and lesser and i am not the only one. They should rename it to AppleArena.com

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

iphonearena.com would be better.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Ha! Never heard that one before!

8. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Reminds me this old newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BviZUYLDP5I same thing over and over

13. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Yeaaaaaaaaaaa right

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am guessing this wont happen until the Iphone 10s. Or maybe even later knowing Apple's pace when it comes to offering consumers more for their money. It has to be like 5 cents a display before they sell it to you for $200 a pop, so the Iphone 10s time line is about right.

17. Tizo101

Posts: 526; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"Other companies, particularly ZTE, have made the extra real estate on a bezel-less screen particularly useful by allowing users to swipe the sides of the glass in order to control certain functions ." (particularly is used twice in the same sentence, what happened to creative writing skills? But I understand you might be tired) Is apple trying to reinvent the wheel? they should just do what they are famous for nowadays, that is, innovative copying.

18. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lol how about getting rid of those horrendous over sized godzilla bottom and top beezles or making them smaller.

19. ochuski

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

what pains me most is the hype associated with anything apple want to do meanwhile its nothing new to android guys.

20. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

It will be the same garbage like all other previous models including iphone 6.

22. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

FROM THE FIRST GENERATION TILL NOW IT'S THE SAME PIECE OF s**tZZZ

24. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

The problem I see with adding functions to curved areas of these wrap-around or extreme bezel-less displays is accidental activation when picking the phone up or when one's fingers stray too close to the edge of the phone (they are trying to hold or tap/swipe on).

27. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

The way Apple works is if it costs them an extra $30 per phone for the screens they'll charge an extra $200

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