Apple’s iOS Devices Could Get Curved Displays Next Year [Rumor]

Apple’s iOS Devices Could Get Curved Displays Next Year [Rumor]

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce curved glass displays to its iOS devices as early as next year, according to a new report. The Cupertino company has reportedly invested in glass polishing hardware for its suppliers that will allow them to produce launch the first curved glass device in the first half of 2012.

Three companies have be chosen to supply the curved displays, according to DigiTimes, with Fuji Crystal and Lens Technology focused on the iPhone, and G-Tech supplying for the iPad.

This isn’t the first time that iOS devices with curved glass displays have been the subject of speculation, however. Back in May, Apple had reportedly purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines for the purpose of curved glass displays, helping its suppliers cover the expensive cost of the equipment.

While rumors at that time had suggested we would see curved glass debut with the iPhone 5, it now looks as though we won’t see it until at least the iPhone 6.

Curved glass displays are allegedly easier on the fingers than regular glass panels. I don’t know about you, but I quite like good, old-fashioned straight glass myself. I guess we’ll see. What do you think?

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  • prof_peabody

    How could curved glass possibly be “easier on the fingers”?  

  • MacGoo

    I’m with you on this one Killian: I think I’ll like straight glass better (although I’ve never actually used a phone with curved glass). Something tells me Apple will throw some brilliant marketing spin into the mix though, and in a few years we’ll chuckle at the time when we used those ancient straight glass phones.

  • soapisclean

    Lawsuit!!

    Oh wait.. Apple is going to “re-invent” the curved screen with pretty unicorn marketing? ok well that’ll pretty much give them courtroom-enforceable ownership over “curvishness” tooGoooo Apple!

  • Mike Rathjen

    What’s the advantage? Stronger?

    I don’t really buy into the theory it’s easier on the fingers. Obviously I haven’t tried it yet though.

  • soapisclean

    stick out your thumb….. now move it up and down, left and right… notice how it doesn’t move in a straight assembly-robot-like fashion but actually pivots aROUND the joint that connects your thumb to the rest of your hand?… that’s how

  • Br.Bill

    Wow! Just think, my wrist, elbow and shoulder can all be declared obsolete with this incredible advance in technology!

  • soapisclean

    What are you talking about Br. Bill?

    This is technology form changing to suit the design of the human body. Something which Apple has generally been very good at in the past so it makes sense that they would adopt a curved screen.

  • iHaveScales

    It seems like a curved screen would make it take up more room in your pocket and make it awkward to carry with you

  • Joel Angert

    I thought someone already pointed out that all the new curved glass’ machines Apple recently bought were for the new ‘mothership’ campus in Cupertino? Correct me if I’m wrong

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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