When Apple introduced iPhone – they basically found an ideal form factor for a modern smartphone.
Before iPhone, everyone was experimenting with different shapes and configurations of their mobile devices. We had candybar phones, sliders, clamshells and some really weird stuff like Motorola Aura. It took few years for an impact of Apple’s phone to spread across the industry, but today smartphone form factor experiments all but stopped. What we have left are slight design variations on a basic square slab, with a glass display covering most its front surface.
Well, everyone might have settled into this form factor, but Apple is already looking ahead. And, with flexible displays about to reach commercial viability, Jony Ive & Co are busy looking how can they use those screens for next generation iPhones. And how such phones could be made.
The pictures above come from Apple’s patent application “Electronic device with wrap-around display”, and talks about various techniques how to make smartphones with flexible screens.
The devices described in a patent app are clearly in the very early stages of development, so don’t expect your iPhone 6 or 7 to look like this. But when technology finally gets there, Apple should be ready with some really interesting stuff.