Apple to Introduce a Curved-Glass iPhone 5?

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  1. MacRumors, May 22, 2011
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    Digitimes reports that according to industry sources, Apple is planning to adopt a "curved cover glass" for its next generation iPhone.
    According to those same sources, Apple has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers.
    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

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


    Article Link: Apple to Introduce a Curved-Glass iPhone 5?
  2. macrumors member

    Are we to expect a nexus s shape with iphone 4 metal antenna wrapped around, because that would be interesting.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Curved? I'm not following.
  4. macrumors regular


    The iPhone 4 already has curved glass. Or are we talking a non-flat surface? My brain just exploded.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    like the tapered edges of the iPod touch but in glass? :confused:
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sounds interesting, mockups anyone?
  7. macrumors 601


    back to old school tube television!!
  8. macrumors 68040


    From my understanding this will be like the Nexus S, where the display has a slight concave. Anyone with Nexus S experience? What's it like?

    I'm not sure how I feel about this. Or if I believe it.
  9. macrumors newbie


    I'm thinking an iPhone with the same design fundamentals of the iPad 2 (curved body, similar buttons).

    At least it's pleasant to think about:)
  10. macrumors member


    sounds like it's gonna look nice. mock ups needed.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Thats what it sounds like.

    Im guessing it's going to look like the iPad 2 but in glass.
    So it will be flat on the back and it curves at the edges so it won't feel so thick.
  12. macrumors 68000


    First its glass, now its curved glass.
    What I am sure of is that it will be a beautiful design and certainly drive all the case manufacturers CRAZY!
  13. macrumors 6502

    I'm guessing the back will be curved like a pebble to better fit the contours of your hand. This already sounds above and beyond anything competitors have come close to, design-wise.

    What would be clever is if they had a luminated, frosted 3D Apple logo etched into the glass back with a laser. :cool:
  14. macrumors member

    Let's see a mockup! :eek: :rolleyes:
  15. macrumors 6502

    "...hold on guys....we've more thing....

    ....introducing....the iPhone Curve..."
  16. macrumors member


    yeah, cuz curved glass will make it break less often. oh and easy to fix. file under: (sarcasm)
  17. macrumors 6502


    I am guessing curved like the 4th gen ipod nano. I don't really expect Apple to do something like that, but then again they continue to surprise me with each new product release/upgrade. :apple:
  18. arn
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    google search found this old mockup

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  19. macrumors 68000


    This confirms it

    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.
  20. macrumors regular

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    purchasing machines that curve the glass? then how the hell do they make Magic Mouse glass?
  21. macrumors 65816


    Above and Beyond

    Thisis going to be miles ahead of anything else out there. I can picture it perfectly.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Curved glass? That's so un-Apple!
  23. macrumors 6502a

    The Magic Mouse surface is quite clearly plastic, not glass :)
  24. macrumors 604


    That's cool. I wonder if it will be more prone to breaking from a drop.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    It's plastic.

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