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?