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Apple to Introduce a Curved-Glass iPhone 5?


Digitimes reports that according to industry sources, Apple is planning to adopt a "curved cover glass" for its next generation iPhone.
Cover glass makers are reluctant to commit investment to the purchase of glass cutting equipment due to the high capital involved, said the sources.
According to those same sources, Apple has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers.
There has been no timetable yet for the volume production of iPhone 5 as Apple is currently still working with related suppliers including those involved in cover glass, glass cutting, lamination and touch sensors to improve yield rates, the sources commented.
It's hard to say what type of design a "curved cover glass" iPhone would adopt. It would also fly against recent claims and beliefs that the iPhone 5 will adopt a generally similar-to the iPhone 4 form factor but with only minor modifications.


Apple has previously used curved glass in the previous generation iPod Nano. Image above from DailyMail.co.uk.

The Samsung Nexus S uses a concave curved screen. The reasoning behind the move was for comfort:

Well, our tipster tells us Samsung's been shopping this curved display technology to carriers for a while -- as early as CES at the beginning of this year behind closed doors -- claiming that its research showed such a design improved perceived usability over a perfectly flat display.

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43 months ago
In other words, there's a new rumor to support the FACT that no one has a clue what the next iPhone will look like.
Rating: 32 Votes
43 months ago
Curved? I'm not following.
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
back to old school tube television!!
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
google search found this old mockup
Rating: 9 Votes
43 months ago
I think you are getting the curve wrong.

(http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/iphone5curved.jpg/)
Rating: 9 Votes
43 months ago

Curved glass? That's so un-Apple!


Yes you are so right, Apple will never do anything with curved glass!
Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago

It was most certainly plastic.


http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-iPod-Nano-5th-Generation-Glass-Panel/3128/1

Replace the curved glass screen to make your iPod Nano look like new again.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1054144/First-review-new-iPod-Nano-Shake-shuffle-ready-roll.html

Every edge is curved, even down to the glass covering the screen. It's also incredibly light.

Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago


You really have to question where they come up with idiotic ideas like this... ;)
Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago
Don't know what it'll be (obviously), but pumped. Why?

This is classic apple, and classically Apple at its best. Whether it's the use of small hard drives for the original iPod (or flash for subsequent ones), multi-touch, proximity sensors, and motion detection for the iPhone, or single-piece casing for the macbook, Apple likes to push non-mainstream technologies when it can use that technology to change the kind of experience a user has.

That is, apple doesn't push the megapixel count in cameras, or the hard drive size in laptops, because those give you a marginally better experience of the same kind, if they are noticed at all. Apple is usually behind the bleeding edge with such questions of specs. But when they can change a trackpad into a tool more useful than a mouse, when they can provide a laptop that feels full-fledged in a package that seems too light to be real (macbook air), or when they can get battery life that lets people forget about the battery, they push the bleeding edge as few have the muscle or will to do.

Curved glass isn't faster or statistically better. It's difference is in kind, not degree. To me, this indicates that Apple will do something unique and something disproportionately better. It's probably not revolutionary, but is more like the mag-safe power connector - only a power cord, but an improvement in experience far larger than you thought something as simple as a power cord could provide.
Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago
so, iPod Nano had a curved glass screen

Rating: 8 Votes

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