The anticipation for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6 is starting to build. There have been numerous rumors in November that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would soon launch a curved phone. And thanks to the company’s most recent patent filing, there is now even more reason to believe the rumors could be true.
iPhone 6 curved screen patent
The new patent goes into a description of how the concave screen is manufactured, which utilizes high temperatures. The most current method involves heating screens longer at lower temperatures. This new technology will likely be used for iPhones, iPads, and smartwatches.
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Apple Insider was the first to report on this patent. The patent describes how Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would create a curved screen. Their method would involve placing several different components on the flat surface. After the electrodes are in place, the entire structure could be curved and heated as one entity.
According to Bloomberg, “Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said. With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s largest iPhones, the person said, and would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) debuted in September. The South Korean maker last month released its curved-screen Galaxy Round, the latest phone in an array of sizes and price points that’s helping keep Samsung ahead of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in global market share.”
iPhone 6 not the only one with curved screen
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t the only tech company trying to capitalize on this curved gadget trend. The company’s big rival Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) introduced the Galaxy Round and LG released the G Flex phone. Both new models offer a bit of a novelty that sets them apart from others. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has yet to introduce phablet-style phones, so the company has some serious catching up to do. This year, the tech giant made one stride when they released not one, but two smartphones including the high-end iPhone 5S and the lower end iPhone 5C.