After curved displays, flexible displays are fast becoming a buzz word in the industry, and the likes of LG, Lenovo and Samsung are already believed to be working on such devices. While Apple may not have jumped on the bandwagon just yet, a patent awarded to the company gives us a glimpse at how it sees its future devices. The patent features an iPhone boasting a 360-degree wraparound curved display. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 croreAlso Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
The patent shows an iPhone design with a screen folded around the front and rear sides of the smartphone. There is also glass cover protecting the front, and back side of the phone. With a 360-degree screen wrapped around the device, the idea is that the entire display will seem like it is on a loop.
Not surprisingly with a wrap around display, Apple will be ditching the volume rocker on the sides. Instead, these buttons will be on the touchscreen itself. Apple also says that a wraparound display will help the UI to feature icons per row, as opposed to four icons on the current-gen devices. One oddity that you are bound to notice is the 30-pin connector at the bottom, and the reason is because this patent was submitted way back in 2011.
Being a patent filing, there is no way of guessing when Apple will introduce this technology on its iPhones. With the current LCD displays, it is not possible to get this level of flexibility. But with rumors of Apple switching to OLED displays, this could be possible in the near future.