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Old Sep 26, 2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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Apple Working on Curved-Glass iOS Devices for First Half of Next Year?




Digitimes reports that Apple and other handheld device vendors are making plans to begin releasing devices featuring curved glass in the first half of next year.
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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 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.




Fourth-generation iPod nano with curved glass (Source: Mail Online)
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.

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Old Sep 26, 2011, 08:56 AM   #2
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I pray to God that Apple releases the iPhone 5 (not 4S) redisigned this October.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:03 AM   #4
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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.
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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:04 AM   #5
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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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:07 AM   #6
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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?

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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:08 AM   #7
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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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:10 AM   #8
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I'm sure Samsung's lawyers are rubbing their hands together at the thought of Apple releasing an iOS device with curved glass.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:21 AM   #9
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Curved glass back... Hmm... Are you sure there isn't any way we can make them more fragile?
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:26 AM   #10
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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.
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Um.... Why?
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:38 AM   #12
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This is exciting! I can't wait.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 09:54 AM   #13
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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!!!
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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.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 10:31 AM   #15
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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!!
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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 ******.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 11:18 AM   #17
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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.

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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.

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Old Sep 26, 2011, 11:56 AM   #18
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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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
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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
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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!
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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...
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