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iPhone 5 to feature curved glass display?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, May 23, 2011
News Categories: iPhone

Apple is planning to use curved cover glass in the iPhone 5, according to a new report. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reports that cover glass makers are typically reluctant to purchase the required glass cutting equipment due to the high capital involved. In order to push the production forward, Apple has reportedly purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by the glass makers. The sources also said that the machines are currently being stored at associated assembly plants and will be brought online once curved glass yield rates reach a satisfactory level. Notably, the Samsung Nexus S, Google’s most recent flagship Android device, features a curved display.

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1

Spherical or cylindrical? Concave or convex? Regardless, what are the advantages of a curved display on such a small device?

Posted by Farnsworth on May 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

2

The Nexus S uses a concave display, with the theoretical advantage of reducing glare and improving readability, although I’m not sure how much of that is a practical advantage versus a marketing-driven feature.

It’s does give the phone a slightly nicer “feel” however when you’re holding it up to the side of your head.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on May 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

3

I thought about the possibility of a curved front glass a year ago and was surprised that Apple haven’t implemented it yet.  Hopefully in the next iPhone version we will see a nice slightly curved design due better handling feel in your palm and pocket.

Posted by dennis on May 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

4

If it is convex then setting the device face down on a rough surface would eliminate smoothness of glass, thus reducing glare.

Posted by Usdrowski on May 25, 2011 at 6:26 AM (PDT)

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