Apple granted patent for iPhone 360-degree with a wraparound curved display

A future iPhone could have a curved wrap-around screen.In one filing with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), Apple outlines an electronic device with wrap around display. It says the typical rectangular form factor leaves “the sides and rear surfaces of the device unused or at best configured with buttons and switches with fixed location and functionality”.This would allow users to play games or watch videos on either side and display photos in a continuous loop around their iPhone, which mimics a 3D experience.


Apple’s patent FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of portable electronic device in operation. Notice how the wrap around display substantially increases the available display area that can be used for display of icons, images, video and many more.

In order to produce this innovation, Apple includes its approach of a flexible display that is capable of folding into a tightly wound configuration that would be placed within the transparent casing.The flexible display can be folded into a tightly wound configuration and placed within an enclosure at least a portion of which is transparent.


Apple’s patent said the display could be made of plastic or glass. It outlined how a bendable display can be inserted in the glass enclosure to present images on the glass.So we can express that the device would have two screens. The patent shows a variant with application icons spanning the width of the display, both across the iPhone and along the bottom.


Apple explains that this design could allow up to five icons span across each row of the screen, which means that users would no longer have to aimlessly swipe to find a specific app.The curved back would also present challenges using it on a flat surface, as well as making it a lot more vulnerable to damage.

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