According to a recent Apple patent document in the United States, it is confirmed that Apple has been secretly researching and developing the next-generation iPhone all-glass casing device. The screen is completely designed with curved frameless glass, and the touch area on the side is fully adopted, allowing users to enjoy greater In the visual and operating area, the patent also mentions a variety of Apple devices, and the bodies of Apple Watch and Mac Pro can also be equipped with all-glass shell materials.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially approved an Apple patent named “Electronic Device with Glass Case”. The research patent shows that the iPhone case can be made of all-glass material, and the glass case can extend around the device without the need for a metal frame. , So that the entire iPhone looks like a piece of surrounding curved glass.
The Apple patent mentions how to design the touch screen in the space inside the glass and allow the six-sided glass shell to be connected to one of the adjacent sides. In the edge touch part, the flexible screen is used to surround the case. On the border, the touch effect can also be achieved around the edges.
The patent also explains in detail how the glass should be bent, overlapped and shaped. The design process has reached a full glass shell, and it can also be inserted into parts such as microphones and speakers. Apple said that the glass surface can achieve different textures to distinguish between inaccessible and inaccessible. Enterable area.
This patent also mentions how to disassemble the iPhone glass case, which is expected to facilitate manufacturing and maintenance. It can be removed through a similar cover method. The number has reached three. It can be pulled out from the bottom, side or using a large chin. A remote control disassembly design similar to Apple TV 4K.
In addition to the transparent casing, this patent document also shows that the iOS main screen is linked with the full glass hardware, which can be automatically adjusted according to the user’s hand and different directions. When the phone is turned upside down, the iOS main screen can be turned to another angle immediately , The page can also be swiped through the frame; in the patent picture, you can find that the top area of the iPhone also has a blank block, which is also expected to be used to put the Face ID module.
In addition to the patent showing the all-glass iPhone design, there are also a variety of Apple devices, including Apple Watch, old round Mac Pro and Mac Pro mainframe. These products also have a glass shell design.
At present, it is not sure when Apple will commercialize this patent. It can be seen from the patent documents that Apple has indeed made breakthroughs in the field of glass. In fact, some signs can be seen from the glass surface of Apple Watch S7. Extending to more edges, the screen and touch space also become larger.
Previously, former Apple designer Jony Ive also said that the next-generation iPhone will look like a piece of thin glass. This patented design is just as Jony lve expected. The fully glass iPhone design is definitely the future direction of Apple’s development. Let us look forward to it. This next-generation mobile phone is here.