The 5.8-inch Apple iPhone Pro could employ folded side screens to keep its size down

The 5.8-inch Apple iPhone Pro could employ folded side screens to keep its size down
Yesterday, we told you about a report that Apple was working on an iPhone that would carry a 5.8-inch OLED screen. Possibly titled the Apple iPhone Pro, the handset would not hit the marketplace until 2017 at the earliest. For those wondering how Apple intends to offer such a large screen without the device becoming too unwieldy for smaller hands, there is talk that the phone would employ a screen that wraps around the sides of the unit.

One theory mentioned by DisplayMate's Ray Soneira, would be the use of "folded edge side screens" that would eliminate the side bezel on the handset. The side screens would also allow users of the phone to toggle on or off certain controls with virtual buttons. Last September, Apple was awarded a patent from the USPTO that it initially filed for back in 2013. The patent was for a curved screen that could make images appear as though they were coming from a continuous loop. As we said at the time,  Apple could use the patent to make an iPhone in the shape of a cylinder. An all-glass iPhone also could be in Apple's future, using 3D Touch instead of buttons.


Another possibility, as sketched by Apple in a patent filing from 2011, would be to use square sides that would offer virtual buttons, app icons and other controls. The phone would still include side bezels and would not be connected to the front display.


source: MacRumors

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43 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I was wondering when soemone would put non-physical buttons on the side

5. AlikMalix unregistered

That's not what he was talkin about and u know it

14. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's non physical buttons on the side, 2 years ago. No need to turn this into a semantics game or a mind reading contest.

22. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry to tell you, but if by when Apple do it, if Samsung or lg have not made a phone then does this, this will not happen at all, it will be the same design as the s7 edge, as it makes the phone smaller, I.e. There 5.5" screen is way way way smaller in the hand than the iPhone 6s Plus with the same screen size

49. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And to be clear, yes I'm referring to the fact that the edge panel could be used for example camera function buttons. Not to mentioned all the apps (including 3rd party music players), allowing the use of buttons on that edge side panel.

19. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Note Edge early days have camera shutter on the Edge panel. But you still can use Ruler app to replace the actual ruler.

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

The ideal design and ergonomics I'd love being implemented is the Samsung's idea of a foldable display.. Where a phablets would take the form factor of a palm phone when folded and when unfolded the size of a tablet

2. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

But...but why? Why would you want to rotate your phone just to see everything on the wrap-around display? Where would the camera go? How would palm rejection work? Drop this thing once and the whole thing is shattered. ...why?

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I think the point is to unwrap it for bigger screen - or keep it wrapped for portability.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually taking into consideration some of the rumors, maybe that's why apple is moving onto OLED screens - to have an ability to turn off pixels of the part of the screen that's wrapped around the back.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2291; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't think the wrapped screen would go all the way over onto the rear. It would most likely stop at some point soon after being wrapped around the side.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

I'd imagine so... need room for camera, either way would be great to have an ipad sized screen for movies and drawing that folds into a device you can handle with one hand. Whatever the method, it's likely in the future, just dont know when...

25. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I think the display might be like the one on my s6 edge, but all the way down. They may also make it go all the way throught the back, and use that as like a yota type back display. Maybe it'll be 720p or less from the back side and more on the front. I'd see apple doing that for design, since you could make your own back designs. But you'd need no case to see it though :(

7. ruben_2s

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Keep dreaming, apple fanboys

13. AlikMalix unregistered

why do you do this? it's fun to speculate, that's it... I'm an apple fanboy because I like the iOS UI design and ecosystem. But I'm all for ALL TECH to move forward and amaze us. If you think it's wrong to speculate, then why are you here, reading tech "NEWS" - if things of what to come dont interest you - go read the encyclopedia, and if that's too chaotic for you, then I suggest the word dictionary.... Live and let live, bro....

16. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Get a life, maybe a gf and stop troll defending all the Apple articles.

39. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

How about everyone stops bashing each other? Why is personal preference such a big deal? Some people like iOS, some people like Android. So what?

42. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Because those guys's ego is too big

43. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

It started with patents and troll lawsuits by Apple

48. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Yeah but that has to do with the companies, let the companies duke it out however they please. That doesn't mean that us, as consumers, have to act like children every time a Samsung or Apple post shows up on the internet.

46. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

What is apple's ecosystem?

18. TerryTerius unregistered

How exactly is it fanboyish to speculate on a patent?

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. it just not gonna happen

9. htcisthebest

Posts: 434; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Samsung will definitely be the first manufacturer to introduce a commercialized foldable smartphone. They are always the pioneer on design/hardware side.

26. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Yep, but I have a big doubt Android will compatible with their foldable phones without heavily covered by Touchwiz.

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

They just want to buy the patent so Samsung can't do anything with their edge displays. Year after year we see these articles and theyre just buying patents to patent troll. Cmon. Get on the bandwagon.

15. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yeah maybe there should be a law where companies need to use the patented tech for their products within a specific timeframe.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's a much needed patent system reformation to stop them patent trolls and lawsuit hypocrites...

17. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Virtual volume and power side-buttons are inferior and impractical compared to physical ones as you can't operate them by feel (without using your eyes). They are just another gimmick to lure the gullible.

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