We will soon see future iPhone models that will be sporting a sport a wrap-around AMOLED display. This was learned after Apple filed a patent at the US Patent & trademark Office This March 28 for what they call a “ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH WRAP AROUND DISPLAY”. This is further described as “A consumer electronic product includes at least a transparent housing and a flexible display assembly enclosed within the transparent housing. In the described embodiment, the flexible display assembly is configured to present visual content at any portion of the transparent housing.”
The company looks to be planning to release a device that will have the most screen real estate. The patent further explains that traditional phones and tablets take on a planar form factor that underutilizes the surface area of its design. This upcoming invention aims to solve this by using a curved display that will wrap around the device thus allowing for the maximum screen space. Also included in this invention are several technologies such as facial recognition as well as multiple layers of transparent displays to duplicate a 3D screen.
The display will not only function as an output for videos or photos for the eyes to looks at but will also serve as an input since no buttons will be present. You’ll have to swipe on the display to increase or decrease the volume this time around.
As far as materials to be used, the invention suggests using glass which is to be rolled so that a continuous band is formed. Glass is a stable structure that also has a premium feel to it.
To solve the problem of how the device interacts with the user a facial recognition system is used by on-board cameras. This makes the device correctly output the visual based on the user’s field of view.
This is still in the early stages of development so don’t expect this feature to be included in the next iPhone 5 or 7.