Apple Patents Glass Bending; Curved Glass Displays Definite for Future

December 27, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When it comes to patents, Apple is keen in acquiring all most everything they can even if they aren’t going to use it for a very long time. Continuing the trend, the latest news suggests that Apple has successfully obtained a patent for glass bending technology.

So does this mean the next iPhone will have curved glass? The answer to that question will be apparently no.

Apple usually plans a device much earlier and if the next iPhone was to have a curved display, they would have applied for the patent months or even years ago. But Apple will use this technology at some point of time.

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Apple’s technology that got the patent is all about the alignment of a glass member for high temperature processing. The high temperature processing includes the slumping process to mold glass into a predetermined shape.

The apparatus, systems and methods could be used on small displays as well as for larger displays such as the TV screen. Apple credits Donald Ross, Adam Stagnaro, Matthew Theobald, Andrew Davidson and Michael Pilliod as the inventors of granted patent which was originally filed in Q1, 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Along with this patent, Apple has received a Granted Patent that relates to multi-touch sensor panels that utilize an array of capacitive sensors to detect and localize touch events and, more particularly, to the grounding of the back plane of the touch sensor panel. Multi-Touch is one of the cornerstones of the 2007 iPhone which the late Steve Jobs emphasized during his historic keynote introducing the iPhone.

Today’s patent illustrates Apple’s ongoing development of Multi-Touch for iDevices.

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