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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.
Cover glass makers are reluctant to commit investment to the purchase of glass cutting equipment due to the high capital involved, said the sources.
According to those same sources, Apple has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers.
There has been no timetable yet for the volume production of iPhone 5 as Apple is currently still working with related suppliers including those involved in cover glass, glass cutting, lamination and touch sensors to improve yield rates, the sources commented.
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 DailyMail.co.uk.

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



Well, our tipster tells us Samsung's been shopping this curved display technology to carriers for a while -- as early as CES at the beginning of this year behind closed doors -- claiming that its research showed such a design improved perceived usability over a perfectly flat display.

Article Link: Apple to Introduce a Curved-Glass iPhone 5?
 
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Obese Lobsters

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

boss.king

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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.
 

Plasmastrike

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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:)
 

LondonCentral

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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:
 

hankolerd

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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:
 

arn

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google search found this old mockup
 

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Kwill

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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.
 

alexhasfun28

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in the southwest.
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purchasing machines that curve the glass? then how the hell do they make Magic Mouse glass?
 

Žalgiris

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purchasing machines that curve the glass? then how the hell do they make Magic Mouse glass?

It's plastic.
 
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