Apple jumps on the curved screen bandwagon by securing patent

Will we see something similar to the above concept soon?

If you’re a gadget and smartphone enthusiast you pretty much know there are a few rumors that never die: Apple TV, Apple Smartwatch, and a complete redesign of the Apple iPhone. Once in a while tidbits of information come forth that seemingly confirm that some of these rumors are true, and this one of those times.

A complete iPhone redesign has been speculated about for many years now, with different models being put forth such as a “teardrop” shaped device, a larger 4.5-inch device, a slimmer iPhone with a curved screen, etc. Now it looks like at least some of those options are being considered inside Cupertino, thanks to a patent that’s come to light.

The USPTO has recently awarded Apple a patent that describes a method of creating curved touchscreens. This in itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but Samsung and LG have already launched curved-screen devices, and this leads some to think that with this patent Apple may soon follow suit.

Of course it’s a lot more likely that the company is simply covering its bases and this, like so many other patents, won’t result in an actual product.

Source: USPTO via: ITPortal | Image via PCAdvisor

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Obviously curved glass is hard and any solution very clever I just don't see why I need a phone with a curved glass screen, curved in any direction... Oh, unless the curved glass is used on a rumoured iWatch or something else.

Pupik said,
Depending on the curve, it would actually fit better in your pocket that a flat screen currently does.

Either way to me it's again just a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Then again I have a proper sized device... iPhone 5S (preparing my flame suit)

I'd never buy anything with a curved screen. You're paying money for a distorted bent inaccurate image.

CRT TV screens were curved for years before the 90's when flat screens appeared, so it's not even new. But back then it was purely because it was harder to make a flat screen.

Going for the retro feel I suppose. If this does bear fruit I guarantee you'll have people believing that apple is the first to make a curved phone and that its the best thing ever.

Sadelwo said,
Going for the retro feel I suppose. If this does bear fruit I guarantee you'll have people believing that apple is the first to make a curved phone and that its the best thing ever.

That people have flat brains.

Buttus said,
i want my phone to be a sphere. then i can sit it down and see the screen from any angle!

I'm going patent that!

curve is just a gimmicks. i prefer to have the option of bending the screen rather having just a curve screen and it just looks retarded when watching movie.

if you watch pacific rim in iMAX version then it's hard to revert back the old fashion style. It's not about the screen curved or not because you won't notice much despite being a little bit curved. Everything is much better and more enjoyable. So the analogy is not quite comparable.

Master of Earth said,
if you watch pacific rim in iMAX version then it's hard to revert back the old fashion style. It's not about the screen curved or not because you won't notice much despite being a little bit curved. Everything is much better and more enjoyable. So the analogy is not quite comparable.
No matter what size the screen is, I suspect that Pacific Rim will never be "better" nor "enjoyable".

Clearly, it's either you didn't try it or simply ignore it's better. This type of action movie is suitable for bigger screen and you don't know what's the absolute best.

Of course it's a lot more likely that the company is simply covering its bases and this, like so many other patents, won't result in an actual product.

They probably just feel like sueing someone.

Uplift said,

They probably just feel like sueing someone.

Yup just one more way to "Grab Samsung by the b***s". Some BS if that ends up being the case and the case only, Apple would be looking extremely desperate then....

I thought it was a concept based on the patent. Should mention that the picture got nothing to the article then.

Pupik said,
Looks hideous. I prefer the design by LG and Samsung, where it's curved in and not out.


None of the cuved phones look good or make any sense, they're solving a problem that doesn't exist by making new ones...

Yep, give us phones that fold down to a small and up to a large form factor! I saw adverts for these around 13 years ago (what would be in around 5 years) and they still aren't a reality

HawkMan said,


None of the cuved phones look good or make any sense, they're solving a problem that doesn't exist by making new ones...

The current designs are pretty pointless, but the technology that enables the current designs will also allow us to fold our phones in the future. That is solving a real problem

HawkMan said,


None of the cuved phones look good or make any sense, they're solving a problem that doesn't exist by making new ones...


How large is the screen on your smartphone? My girlfriend got a 5" screen on the phone I bought her and she doesn't find it very comfortable to use in one hand. A curved screen in the same size, would be perfect for her; as she could reach every side of the screen easier.

Pupik said,

How large is the screen on your smartphone? My girlfriend got a 5" screen on the phone I bought her and she doesn't find it very comfortable to use in one hand. A curved screen in the same size, would be perfect for her; as she could reach every side of the screen easier.

Well the stupidity of a 5 inch mobile device aside. Once you make it curved, you're effectively shrinking the screen AND distorting the image. So then you should just get a smaller device, reach the full screen, fit it in your pocket and not have a distorted image.