iPhone with flexible wrap-around display shows up in Apple’s patent application

When Apple introduced iPhone – they basically found an ideal form factor for a modern smartphone.

Before iPhone, everyone was experimenting with different shapes and configurations of their mobile devices. We had candybar phones, sliders, clamshells and some really weird stuff like Motorola Aura. It took few years for an impact of Apple’s phone to spread across the industry, but today smartphone form factor experiments all but stopped. What we have left are slight design variations on a basic square slab, with a glass display covering most its front surface.

Well, everyone might have settled into this form factor, but Apple is already looking ahead. And, with flexible displays about to reach commercial viability, Jony Ive & Co are busy looking how can they use those screens for next generation iPhones. And how such phones could be made.

iPhone with wrap around display

The pictures above come from Apple’s patent applicationElectronic device with wrap-around display”, and talks about various techniques how to make smartphones with flexible screens.

The devices described in a patent app are clearly in the very early stages of development, so don’t expect your iPhone 6 or 7 to look like this. But when technology finally gets there, Apple should be ready with some really interesting stuff.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Maximilian O.

    “Samsung Youm”

  • Ligiea

    “Before iPhone, everyone was experimenting with different shapes and configurations of their mobile devices.”

    Correlation not causation. The LG Prada had the same form factor and precedes the iPhone.