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MacRumors
Sep 26, 2011, 08:53 AM
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Digitimes reports (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110926PD201.html) that Apple and other handheld device vendors are making plans to begin releasing devices featuring curved glass in the first half of next year.Suppliers of the non-Apple camp are working on products with curved cover glass in attempts to gain a competitive edge in the handheld device market dominated by Apple, sources in the glass industry said.

But Apple reportedly also has bought glass polishing equipment for its suppliers in preparation for the production of devices fitted with curved cover glass. Lens Technology, Fuji Crystal, G-Tech are said to be major cover glass suppliers of Apple. While Lens and Fuji focus on iPhones, G-Tech supplies mainly for iPad.The publication reported similar claims (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/23/apple-to-introduce-curved-glass-iphone-5/) of curved glass for the iPhone 5 back in May, but those claims have not borne out in either the iPhone 4-like "iPhone 4S" design or the redesigned iPhone 5 seen with a tapered form factor in third-party cases.

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Fourth-generation iPod nano with curved glass (Source: Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1054144/First-review-new-iPod-Nano-Shake-shuffle-ready-roll.html))
The reported timeframe of the first half of next year cited in the new report leads to questions about exactly which product line would adopt the curved glass. The iPad 3 is certainly expected to be introduced within that window, but it is unclear if the next iPhone would also make its debut before the end of June considering the apparent October introduction of the iPhone 4S/5.

Article Link: Apple Working on Curved-Glass iOS Devices for First Half of Next Year? (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/26/apple-working-on-curved-glass-ios-devices-for-first-half-of-next-year/)



Beatbeckham
Sep 26, 2011, 08:56 AM
I pray to God that Apple releases the iPhone 5 (not 4S) redisigned this October.

Northgrove
Sep 26, 2011, 08:57 AM
I don't like that the rumors seem to be going towards an iPhone 4S soon this October, and iPhone 5 "sometime ahead, sometime first half 2012". Fortunately I'm not in a hurry, and can't really get a new one until the next year anyway. Not everyone's in that situation though, and I understand you. :p

Beatbeckham
Sep 26, 2011, 09:03 AM
I don't like that the rumors seem to be going towards an iPhone 4S soon this October, and iPhone 5 "sometime ahead, sometime first half 2012". Fortunately I'm not in a hurry, and can't really get a new one until the next year anyway. Not everyone's in that situation though, and I understand you. :p

Hehe, my problem is that I just sold my iPhone 4... So, if the iPhone 4S is coming out, I'm gonna be really pissed.

RazorSharp69
Sep 26, 2011, 09:04 AM
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Curved glass would look like crap especially on a 4" screen. Dunno why they add it anyway, does it add strength or something if you were to drop it.

Yvan256
Sep 26, 2011, 09:07 AM
Suppliers of the non-Apple camp are working on products with curved cover glass in attempts to gain a competitive edge in the handheld device market dominated by Apple

They see curved glass as a competitive edge? :confused:

Curved glass will not make you competitive. It's only one part of the design aspect. And the design by itself is not worth much without a good user interface and good integration.

I don't understand these companies. Either they can't see the whole picture or they just plain copy Apple including icons, colors and layout to the point you think it's a no-name Chinese copy.

acfusion29
Sep 26, 2011, 09:08 AM
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Curved glass would look like crap especially on a 4" screen. Dunno why they add it anyway, does it add strength or something if you were to drop it.

i'm sure it would be a subtle curve.

i think the point of it is so you can see in sunlight better.

qtaran111
Sep 26, 2011, 09:10 AM
I'm sure Samsung's lawyers are rubbing their hands together at the thought of Apple releasing an iOS device with curved glass.

room237
Sep 26, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Curved glass back... Hmm... Are you sure there isn't any way we can make them more fragile?

kas23
Sep 26, 2011, 09:26 AM
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And this folks, will be debuted in the iPhone 5. For those of you who already sold your iPhone 4s, you should have known better. Apple is in no rush to change a device the handily outsells its competitors. That's just not Apple's style.

electrovir
Sep 26, 2011, 09:34 AM
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Um.... Why?

thelonelylimo
Sep 26, 2011, 09:38 AM
This is exciting! I can't wait.

Braindead360
Sep 26, 2011, 09:54 AM
I'm going to be so bummed out if Apple releases the 4S and then the 5 a few months later. Especially since it's been 16 months since the iPhone 4 was released. I want my 4" screen dammit!!!

Shrink
Sep 26, 2011, 10:02 AM
I pray to God that Apple releases the iPhone 5 (not 4S) redisigned this October.

As if, if there were a god, it would give a s***.

Suggest you try praying for something a tiny bit more important than a ***k**g phone!

Just a suggestion, mind you. ;)

ARM1968
Sep 26, 2011, 10:31 AM
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iOS 5 and iPhone 4s - don't think so!!

iOS 5 and iPhone 5 - hmm, sounds right.

Apple do things right!!

Plas00
Sep 26, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Curved glass??? Seriously? What are we back to the 70's TVs and they call that innovation?

Curved glass looks like ******.

disarticulate
Sep 26, 2011, 11:18 AM
For those of you who already sold your iPhone 4s, you should have known better.

Real classy. How about you hold off a couple weeks before you start dishing out the "I told you so."

Also, I've never sold an iPhone for less than I paid for the new model. Have a great day. :D

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Isn't Apple in the market for curved glass in the upcoming spaceship campus? Far beyond the scope of mobile electronics glass, but curved glass nonetheless.

jouster
Sep 26, 2011, 11:56 AM
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I still don't think it would be curved in the way the nano is. Rather the curve would be longitudinal, like the first Google phone.

MacSince1990
Sep 26, 2011, 12:09 PM
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Curved glass back... Hmm... Are you sure there isn't any way we can make them more fragile?

Well, a flat-glass back would be more prone to breaking when dropped. So yes, there is.

2 Replies
Sep 26, 2011, 12:17 PM
As if, if there were a god, it would give a s***.

Suggest you try praying for something a tiny bit more important than a ***k**g phone!

Just a suggestion, mind you. ;)

Or pray to the Easter bunny, Santa or Valkyrie. They're just as existent.
(Seriously, prove to me god exists and I'll do the same with Santa or the Easter bunny or the gods of Valhalla.)


On topic though... No thanks to curved glass.
(Though I wouldn't be surprised, since Apple tends to prefer form over function.)

Riemann Zeta
Sep 26, 2011, 12:31 PM
Isn't the point of a capacitative screen to have a smooth, flat crystal surface that is very precise and responsive to touch? Wouldn't a slightly spherical crystal (like the old CRT tube TV glass) completely fail in achieving this? Having spherical glass would cause planar image distortion at the edges (like a CRT) and would also mean that different parts of the glass would have different touch sensitivity (due to the center of the glass being farther away from the touch sensor than the edges). Bad idea, 'nuff said.

Cydonia
Sep 26, 2011, 12:47 PM
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Isn't the point of a capacitative screen to have a smooth, flat crystal surface that is very precise and responsive to touch? Wouldn't a slightly spherical crystal (like the old CRT tube TV glass) completely fail in achieving this? Having spherical glass would cause planar image distortion at the edges (like a CRT) and would also mean that different parts of the glass would have different touch sensitivity (due to the center of the glass being farther away from the touch sensor than the edges). Bad idea, 'nuff said.

Apple R & D have jet crapped their pants after reading this! /s

adildacoolset
Sep 26, 2011, 01:10 PM
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Curved glass would look like crap especially on a 4" screen. Dunno why they add it anyway, does it add strength or something if you were to drop it.
A curve does add strength. Just think, why are water dams curved? In fact, curves are extremely tough

sn
Sep 26, 2011, 02:01 PM
As if, if there were a god, it would give a s***.

Suggest you try praying for something a tiny bit more important than a ***k**g phone!

Just a suggestion, mind you. ;)

for something you don't even this exists, you seem to have a pretty clear idea of what it does and doesn't care about!

Shrink
Sep 26, 2011, 02:34 PM
for something you don't even this exists, you seem to have a pretty clear idea of what it does and doesn't care about!

A phone!!?? Really!!??

Please...

sn
Sep 26, 2011, 02:36 PM
A phone!!?? Really!!??

Please...

values that mimic those of humans in any way? really?!

mtbgtr
Sep 26, 2011, 05:29 PM
Concave surface not convex like the Nano. Slightly concave would be make swiping closer to how you hand naturally wants to work, or so the bio-engineers say. Check out the Samsung Nexus S which has it.

mrelwood
Sep 26, 2011, 05:44 PM
I pray to God that Apple releases the iPhone 5 (not 4S) redisigned this October.

You have a funny god.

I once took part in the lottery, but since I didn't pray well enough, I didn't win.

kiljoy616
Sep 26, 2011, 08:22 PM
As if, if there were a god, it would give a s***.

Suggest you try praying for something a tiny bit more important than a ***k**g phone!

Just a suggestion, mind you. ;)

Why would anyone want to pray for anything else than cool new Apple toys.
The Bible tells us that God is the owner of everything and we are responsible for managing wisely what has been entrusted to our care which includes money.

So I am going to do just that and manage wisely the large salary that some guy up in cloud has given me and get even more toys from Apple :D

PS: Dec is when I can upgrade my phone again muhahahahahaha!:cool: after all Steve may need another transplant in the future and I want to make sure he is well taken care off. So Apple show me something juicy for xmas I can't stop thinking about.:p

markie
Sep 26, 2011, 10:23 PM
A curve does add strength. Just think, why are water dams curved? In fact, curves are extremely tough

Dams are curved towards the reservoir so that the weight of the water pushes the sides of the dam into the mountain sides rather than down the stream.

pchipchip
Sep 26, 2011, 10:37 PM
I think that a curved phone would be really annoying to have in your pocket when wearing jeans. I guess it depends how curved it is.

GenesisST
Sep 27, 2011, 09:59 AM
You have a funny god.

I once took part in the lottery, but since I didn't pray well enough, I didn't win.

You know that god works in mysterious ways, right?

/sarcasm

I find that answer as "I'm right, you're not" from the religious zealots (mother in law included).

I feel like punching when said when discussing something atrocious...

accessoriesguy
Sep 27, 2011, 07:13 PM
curved glass case with that invisible battery, iPhone invisa!

I couldn't find a link to the SNL skit of the iphone invisa due to copyright laws :(

Trudy
Sep 29, 2011, 12:40 PM
i'm sure it would be a subtle curve.

i think the point of it is so you can see in sunlight better.

How about a parabolic curve? Then you could burn things with its reflection.

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PS: Dec is when I can upgrade my phone again muhahahahahaha!:

I'm already past my upgrade date, have been for a couple of months. iPhone 5 first day!