Flexy iPhone someday? Apple patents method to bend glass
The new patent details a way to use heat while bending glass to achieve a particular shape -- and so who's to say that the iPhone and iPad might not one day sport a curvy glass screen?
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.