Apple Wanted iPhone To Have Curved Glass Display, Would Have Cost Too Much

Apple Wanted iPhone To Have Curved Glass Display, Would Have Cost Too Much

More juicy tidbits keep surfacing in the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial. We’ve already seen dozens and dozens of early iPhone and iPad prototypes, and we all learned that Apple literally designs products around a kitchen table. A new finding reveals that Apple had “strong interest” in curved glass for the original iPhone, but the idea was shelved because it would have costed too much to make at the time.

Former Apple Industrial Design Creative Lead Douglas Satzger left Apple in 2008 after working on the first three models of the iPhone. Network World found some interesting info in Satzger’s deposition for the Apple vs. Samsung case, namely that “shaped glass” was considered for Apple’s smartphone.

Apple Wanted iPhone To Have Curved Glass Display, Would Have Cost Too Much

Apple Wanted iPhone To Have Curved Glass Display, Would Have Cost Too Much

According to Satzger in his deposition, “The technology in shaping the glass, the cost relative to shaping the glass at the time, and some of the design features of this specific shape were not liked.” The cost of shaping the glass was said to be “a lot.” The technology and qualities of glass at the time helped kill the idea.

Many smartphone makers, including Google and Samsung, have put out phones with curved glass, like the Nexus S. Rumors say that Apple’s next iPhone will be larger (4 inches) and thinner, but alas, no curved glass.

  • matrix3D

    “Costed too much?” Come on, people…

  • aardman

    It costed too much because they cutted too little from the other components.

  • Brianna Wu

    Lol. That is an awesome headline, “Apple Wanted iPhone To Have Curved Glass Display, Would Have Costed Too Much.” Alex Heath writed it, and I readed it!

  • Tallest_Skil

    Are we seriously five years old? “Costed”? The next headline’ll read “Site owner accosted by readers after spelling gaffe”…

  • cafehafuch

    Would have costED someone their job…

  • Ken

    Just yesterday I read an article about the guy who runs iFixit.com and how important grammar is to him. It’s basically his litmus test for new hires; they actually have to take a grammar test to get a job. His opinion is that if they are meticulous about grammar, they will be meticulous about all aspects of the job.

    I have to say, the headline here completely distracts readers from the article (which is a good article, BTW) as you can see from the comments.

  • Topdog

    I seen that term used before. It is suppose too be the new grammer.

  • rpez021

    Now it’ll even be difficult to fix the headline given the comments that are posted specifically regarding it. Alex’s shame, immortalized!

  • JacktheMac

    “Would have costed too much” ? Don’t you feel ashamed to make such a basic grammatical mistake, Alex ? You’re supposed to be a writer, for christ’s sake…

  • Adam_Cutler

    Apparently a copy of the dictionary and Strunk & White “costed” too much so he tooken a trip to the libary and he brung his bookbag to carry them home.

  • extra_medium

    How can you even say that in your head and have it sound OK, much less type it out.. twice.

    Anyways I’m pretty surprised they would have even considered a curved touch screen. That seems like a really bad idea.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Would have been cools to have a curved display.

  • Grigori

    Is it pronounced “kervd” or “kervid”?

    One of the problems with web journalism is the ability of the author to correct egregious mistakes such as this (or worse) at ANY point in time, rather than getting it right the FIRST time. This enables, perhaps even encourages, the sloppiness on display in this article.

    Journalism is dying.

  • Garnetstar

    OK, you corrected the title, now get the one in the last sentence of the first paragraph.

    Do you have a copy editor who knows some grammar? I suggest you get one.

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