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Apple has been granted a patent for a possible future iPhone with a wraparound all-glass display (via Patently Apple).

The application was submitted in 2011 but granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today, detailing various embodiments of a portable consumer device with a wraparound screen.

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In one example, the device is described as having a transparent housing and a flexible display enclosed within it which is capable of showing visual content at any position inside the housing - using virtual buttons in place of physical volume controls on the handset edge, for instance.

The same embodiment is also described as having a second flexible display assembly that works in concert with the primary one to present visual content in positions beyond the main screen.

The concept images appear to show an old 30-pin connector on the device, likely because Apple's Lightning port had yet to come to market when they were being drawn up.

Nevertheless, the granted patent is timely for Apple - rumors since the beginning of the year have suggested it is looking at the possibility of adopting a curved display for the 2017 iPhone, however it is unclear whether the invention described here would be linked to any special "anniversary iPhone" Apple may be working on.

Other rumors about the 2017 iPhone, which may be called the "iPhone 8" instead of the traditional "iPhone 7s" because of the changes expected, include an edge-to-edge bezel-free display with built-in Touch ID functionality, no home button, and a glass body.

Article Link: Apple Granted Patent For iPhone With Wraparound All-Glass Display
 

Avieshek

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This could look more like a Katana Sword than a handheld-device.
[doublepost=1465901016][/doublepost]Do you want the people to buy the iPhone 7 or not?
 
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Oblivious.Robot

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Well I'll be honest, it does look a bit weird but I'd highly appreciate an overall drastic change than just rehashing with the 'S' models all the time.
 
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ike1707

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And according to the diagram we were switching back to the old iPod connector sweeeeet!
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Well I'll be honest, it does look a bit weird but I'd highly appreciate an overall drastic change than just rehashing with the 'S' models all the time.
If you think you're going to see that before the end of 2017, you're kidding yourself
 
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Oblivious.Robot

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And according to the diagram we were switching back to the old iPod connector sweeeeet!
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If you think you're going to see that before the end of 2017, you're kidding yourself

The iPhone 8 is said to have a drastic change, and it will be launching in 2017.
I'm just going by the rumours.

Though unless you have insider info, I doubt it, but we could be both right and wrong at the same time.
I'm happy to wait for it anyway. :)
 
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dampfnudel

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I don't know if we'll get an iPhone that looks exactly like that next year, but I think it's a given at this point that we'll be getting something a lot more exciting and worth buying than this year's iPhone. 2017 iPhone FTW.
 
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Are we sure this is a phone patent? Couldn't 402 be headlights? Couldn't 404 be that high, central taillight required by law? 406 is charger or fuel-cell port? Wheels are hidden- but protrude- underneath.

It looks about as thin and minimalism as I would expect the car to be too.

App icons are just body stickers- like race cars have- only meant to throw off Samsung, etc. You know "doubling down".

The slopes on top will be spun as making it easier to slip right out of the car: "Instead of having to climb up and out, you just slide out."

;)
 
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