Apple Patents A New Delicate All Glass IPhone Design


Apple designs phones that other OEMs copy and this
has been going on for a while. There are quite a lot of
phones in the market that imitate the design of the
iPhone 6. This will always happen as long as Apple
keeps designing great devices worthy of emulation.
A new patent filed by Apple suggests an all-glass
phone that can best be described as wild. Well, Apple
has several patents and quite a lot of companies do
this just to protect their ideas.

The patent was filed in April last year but was just
published. It shows a device with a wrap-around
display which is described as a “portable electronic
device with a wraparound display.” The patent
reads :

“ For example, a flexible display can
be folded in such a way as to form a
continuous loop such that images (still or
video) can be presented in a wrap-around
manner in which the images appear to be
presented in a continuous loop. The
flexible display can be folded into a tightly
wound configuration and placed within an
enclosure at least a portion of which is
transparent. In some cases, the enclosure
can be formed of glass at least a portion of
which is made opaque (at least
translucent) by the addition of ink or other
masking material. In other cases,
however, the entire enclosure can be fully
transparent in which case the folded
flexible display can unwind when placed
within the glass enclosure. Once fully
unwound, the flexible display can present
images at any portion of the glass
The design is illustrated as shown below:

Image credit.

This concept has been around for a while, it was
actually first filed in 2011 and granted last year. This
newly granted patent details the concept even more
with added features not seen in the original filing.
The patent describes what Apple explains as
removable end caps, this is similar to LG G5 modules:

‘ This configuration would allow the
end caps to be easily removed for
maintenance purposes. In another
embodiment the removable end cap could
also allow users to add end caps with
additional functionality. For example, an
end cap could be installed that would
allow two devices to be connected together
and act as one system. This could be as
simple as having an end cap with a male
data connector designed to attach to data
connector 218 of another similar portable
electronic device 200. In yet another
embodiment an alternate end cap could
have an improved camera or a different
set of wireless antennae

If Apple decides to go ahead with this design, a future
iPhone could look just like this:

Image credit: Mesut G. Designs

As mentioned before, this is only a patent and Apple
may never create a phone that looks likes this. But
hey, this design looks very delicate, but wild.

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