Apple has filed a patent that could very prove to be our first glimpse at the iPhone 6 – the eight-generation iPhone expected to launch next year. And as has been rumored for quite some time, the iPhone depicted in the patent filing has a curved screen that wraps around the whole of the unit and no physical button whatsoever.
Perhaps one of the most striking iPhone 6 concept images we’ve seen to date, the device features a pair of AMOLED screens which are placed on top of each other to create what the patent describes as “an illusion of depth perception… mimicking a 3D experience”.
“The majority of portable electronic device manufacturers utilize a common form factor consisting generally of a flat planar form factor with a single surface dedicated mainly for use as a display surface, while the other surfaces remain largely unused, save for the occasional button or switch,”
“Although this form factor lends itself to electronic devices that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to handle… the size of the user interface is generally limited to a portion of the device that takes up less than half of the overall device surface area.”
One of the most widespread and credible rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 and its specs and features has been that of a design with, in accordance with the ultimate goal of Steve Jobs, eliminates physical buttons in their entirety. The device would function purely by touch-gesture alone and require an entirely new software system, most likely iOS 8 by the time its launch comes around.
“By holding a finger over the volume indicator an action could be triggered expanding the volume control over the entire left side of the device,” the patent goes on to detail.
“Instead of the hold button a multi touch gesture along one of the sides could instead act as a method of locking and unlocking the hold function.”
Over the course of the next few years, flexible glass is expected to take over as a new standard across the highest-end of the Smartphone market – technology that was to some extent was expected to appear first courtesy of Samsung. Corning however, the company behind super-flexible Willow Glass, recently went on record to warn that the product was ‘years away’ from widespread commercial application due to its complexities.