Curved screens will star in future iPhones and iPads, reports suggest, hinting at major design changes on the way for Apple products.
According to sources familiar with matters down in Cupertino, cited by DigiTimes, Apple has invested in glass polishing facilities “in preparation for the production of devices fitted with curved cover glass”.
Apple is thought to be investigating a move to a curvier screen to help differentiate iOS products from the slew of iClones that have cropped up in the wake of its blockbuster phone and market-leading tablet.
If the Taiwanese site’s insiders are to be believed, however, it’s a strategy that appears flawed from the outset. And that’s because Samsung and Apple’s other rivals are also reportedly making preparations for curved glass displays to feature in their next-generation gadgets, as tech-makers apparently decide en masse that's what we want.
Quite when we’ll start to see the fruits of this new approach to displays on handsets we can actually hold in our hands isn’t certain.
But don’t bet on them appearing on the soon-to-come iPhone 5, especially given that online rumours of a radical redesign have been superseded of late by predictions it will differ only marginally from the current-generation iPhone 4.
That’s not to say that the iPhone 5 won’t be much improved under the hood, though. Especially if, as is being forecast, it rocks an eight-megapixel camera, plus the same brawny, dual core A5 processor from the iPad 2 and 1GB of RAM.