Apple has patented a method that could help propel traditional glass screens into a flexible future.
The new patent, first discovered by Wired, was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. patent 8,336,334 details a method of using heat while bending glass over a mold in order to encourage a particular shape -- and so who's to say that Apple's iPhone and iPad might not one day sport the curved equivalent of a traditional, straight glass screen?
Apple's not alone in exploring the possibility of flexible screens for gadgets. Samsung, for instance, plans to show off at CES 2013 next month a . Nokia has also toyed with .
Apple is well-known for the vast amounts of patent filings it tends to submit. Recently, the company secured a patent that covers the design ofon a digital screen, as well as a filing a patent application that could result in technology becoming integrated with its Passbook app.
And of course there's no guarantee that a patent for a particular technology will ever lead to a commercial product using that technology.