Apple is working on an all-glass iPhone with screens on all sides
Apple could unveil in a few years an iPhone unlike any other, since it would only be made of a single block of glass. A patent filed by the manufacturer tells us more about the device.
A new patent from the American giant dated November 16, 2021 unveils designs for all-glass Apple products, including an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a Mac Pro. The glass iPhone is described as a ” electronic device with a glass housing “. Since the device offers glass edges on all sides, the screen could also overflow on the edges, and even on the back of the smartphone.
This would allow the physical pimples to disappear, and to be replaced by virtual buttons. A few can be seen in the patent images, including those that enable airplane mode, wi-fi activation, and volume controls.
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Apple wants to make an iPhone with screens on all sides
The long patent filing explains in detail the design of the iPhone made entirely of glass, but gives a bit of the impression that the company explains in endless sentences what a glass box is. ” The first glass member defines at least a portion of a first major side of the six-sided glass enclosure, at least a portion of a peripheral side of the six-sided glass enclosure, a first region along on the peripheral side and having a first thickness, and a second region along the peripheral side and having a second thickness different from the first thickness “, Can we read in the patent.
We also discover how the glass can be curved, tapered and layered to create an all-glass case, with slots for components such as speakers and microphones. However, the most important element is probably the fact that Apple wants to make an iPhone. able to display content on all sides.
It reminds us a lot of the concept of Xiaomi and its four-sided curved display, but it couldn’t display content on the back. Since this is a patent, it is worth remembering thatthis type of device may never see the light of day, this just indicates that Apple is exploring this avenue for future smartphones. Apple released other weird patents in 2021, such as adopting the “cheese grater” design for the iPhone.
Source: Patently Apple