Apple Researching Flexible iPhone Displays with Under-Surface Speakers, Tactile Feedback, Laser Microphones

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    Unwired View takes a look at a newly-published Apple patent application addressing the company's interest in flexible displays and related inventions enabled by that technology.

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    In the patent application, Apple details various iPhone form factors with concave and convex displays, and while such concepts have seen relatively significant work by a host of companies, Apple takes things a step further by using substantial flexibility in its proposed display to integrate features such as a tactile keyboard and microphones and speakers embedded under the display.
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    Holes in cover layer to accommodate in-display speakers
    Many of the inventions addressed in Apple's patent applications never see the light of day, but they can provide insight on the company's areas of interest and long-term vision for the future of its products.

    Article Link: Apple Researching Flexible iPhone Displays with Under-Surface Speakers, Tactile Feedback, Laser Microphones
     
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    Cue the iPhone 5F rumors, "F" for flexible. :rolleyes: The most flexible thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.
     
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    the LG and Samsung demos over the years have been pretty great, so looking forward to their version for sure.
     
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    What's an iMac?
     
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    Samsung just announced flexible displays and a new Droid OS called Ice Cream Scoop.
     
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    Time to rebrand this site as "iphonerumours.com" anyway, its nice to see some new ideas being explored.
     
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    How about we take the time and fix the horrible iOS 6 battery life before we start making flexible phones...
     
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    Lets go ahead and call it Screen Gate. I have only had this phone for 3 days and the actuators have already punched a hole in my screen.
     
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    Speaker holes on a touchscreen that you rub your fingers all over? Sounds like a BAD idea to me... oil and dirt would clog them up very quickly, I think.
     
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    I can see it now: "Meh, all they did was make the display a little bendier. Lame."
     
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    expect to see it commercially in an Apple product in about 10-15 years :)
     
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    Very appropriately placed post in this thread.

    Never concern yourself with the actual topic of the thread...that's for wimps.

    :rolleyes: ;)
     
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    Where do you see anything about holes?
     
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    It cleary says UNDER the display. As in you wouldnt see the speaker holes at all.
     
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    First we have to end hunger. When no child goes to bed hungry in the world, we can start looking at iOS 6 battery life.

    If you're going to focus on one thing at a time, get your priorities straight.
     
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    i particularly love how its so futuristic but still carries that freakin stupid home button ^^
     
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    Hidden speakers. Just like at Disney World!
     
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    Me too :(

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    Not sure that work is done by the same people. I am also guessing this patent was filed before customer service received your call about the problem.
     
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    I was going by the patent image, which has the caption:
    "Holes in cover layer to accommodate in-display speakers"

    which to me sounds like there are holes on the top layer to let the sounds out from the in display speaker underneath? I guess I misunderstood.
     
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    Wait. What! Smash Mouth wasn't following me around the park?
     
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    I.. dont want to hear any iMac news.. as I just bought one... :(
     

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