iphone wraparound patent Apple patents wrap around 3D iPhone display

Apple has patented a design for a 3D display that wraps around the entire surface of a smartphone, adding to a growing list of next-generation features it is contemplating for the iPhone.

Apple has patented a design for a 3D display that wraps around the entire surface of a smartphone, adding to a growing list of next-generation features it is contemplating for the iPhone.

 
The patent, numbered 20130076612 , is entitled “Electronic device with wrap around display.” It was filed on 26 September 2011 and was published on 28 March of this year.
 
The display features “transparent housing” and would be flexible. It would also allow presentation of visual content at any part of the housing. The essential idea is to utilise the entirety of the phone as a display, not just what Apple called “less than half of the overall device surface area.”
 
Not content to rest with a wrap around display on its own, the patent also covers the inclusion of two AMOLED screens on top of each other, which would give the illusion of depth perception and mimic a 3D experience.
 
iphone wraparound patent Apple patents wrap around 3D iPhone display
 
The filing also calls for all buttons to be removed, relying on touchscreen controls instead, a nod to an idea the late Steve Jobs, former CEO and co-founder of Apple, originally presented.
 
As rivals like Samsung continue to steal Apple's thunder, the company has been coming up with a slew of potential features for the next iPhone, including the ability for the phone to land in a safe position if it falls. A full wrap around display with 3D and no buttons would be a major departure from existing models, and as such it may not be an appealing idea for some customers.
 
Source: The Telegraph