Apple Awarded Patent For Curved And Flexible Display: How Is It Different From The Galaxy S6 Edge’s Screen?
Curved edge screen iPhone 7 concept.
Apple has been awarded a patent for a flexible wraparound display which the company filed in 2013. The Apple Patent apart not only covers a curved screen, but also the capacity to make the display a flexible one.
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Smartphone lovers could soon see an iPhone with a curved and flexible display as Apple has been awarded a patent for the same.
The concept of the display may not sound novel as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge currently boasts a curved screen. However, what sets the Apple Patent apart is that not only does it cover a curved screen, but also the capacity to make the display a flexible one.
The patent for the "flexible wraparound display" was filed by Apple in 2013 and spotted by Patently Apple.
"Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to a consumer electronic product such as an iPhone that includes at least a transparent housing and a flexible display assembly enclosed within the transparent housing. In the described embodiment, the flexible display assembly is configured to present visual content at any portion of the transparent housing," per the publication.
Potentially, not only can Apple's next-gen iPhone 7 can use both the sides as a display, but also mold the screen into any shape the company pleases. So basically, if Apple implements the wraparound display patent technology for the iPhone 7, it would be able to make the smartphone sport a spherical, cylindrical or any shape it chooses.
Moreover, the Cupertino-based company would have the green signal to create a smartphone that pretty much is made up of a 100 percent display! Apple can stick to the 4.7-inch screen size and still show more content than rival smartphone offerings which are bigger. The company can devise a method whereby the screen folds in such a manner that it would seem that an image or video is in an incessant loop.
Apple could take things several leagues ahead and create an iPhone which is made completely out of glass. Its latest 3D Touch technology could completely negate the need for physical volume, home and lock buttons.
The flexible screen would offer Apple the opportunity to experiment with inserting a second display behind the first one so as to create 3D images with some ingenious programming. The two screens would create an illusion of depth and recreate a 3D experience.