iPhone 6 Rumors: Could Next iPhone Have a Curved Screen?

December 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The iPhone 6 rumors continue flying, and the latest one could be the most intriguing: a curved screen.

A mock-up from the blog MyVoucherCodes shows what the curved screen would look like. It would increase screen size, always an important factor since the iPhone is much smaller than some of the smartphones on market now.

The potential curved screen is outlined in a patent awarded to Apple for a “curved touch sensor.

The patent outlines the device covered by several layers, including thin film and cover glass, forming the curved screen.

“A method of forming a curved touch surface is disclosed. The method can include depositing and patterning a conductive thin film on a flexible substrate to form at least one touch sensor pattern, while the flexible substrate is in a flat state,” reads the abstract. “According to certain embodiments, the method can include supporting the flexible substrate in the flat state on at least one curved forming substrate having a predetermined curvature; and performing an anneal process, or an anneal-like high-heat process, on the conductive thin film, wherein the anneal process can cause the flexible substrate to conform to the predetermined curvature of the at least one curved forming substrate. According to an embodiment, the curved forming substrate can include a first forming substrate having a first predetermined curvature and a second forming substrate having a second predetermined curvature complementing the first predetermined curvature.”

The patent was awarded on December 10, after being filed on November 5, 2010.

Other rumors for the iPhone 6 include facial recognition software.

 

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