The massive use of the transparent material is intended to revolutionize the operation of smartphones
Shortly after Apple patented a rather spectacular iPhone function in combination with smart glasses, the US company was again awarded a patent related to the smartphone. This time it’s about the case material.
Apple submitted the patent application (US11175769) back in 2019, and the patent has now been awarded to the company. Specifically, it is about a glass iPhone (a design study can be seen above). According to the developers, this should primarily bring advantages in terms of operation. If, in addition to the front, the frame and back were made of glass and not made of metal or plastic, all six sides of the smartphone could be used for operation and / or the display of content.
iPhone patent with side touch surfaces.
As can be seen on Apple’s official graphic, one side of the iPhone could be equipped with touch surfaces that can be used to activate and deactivate flight mode or WLAN without going through a menu. Instead of scrolling, the user could use virtual arrow keys to move through the content of websites or documents. One-handed operation would also be much easier.
In addition, an iPhone made of glass would actually no longer have a front or back. The displayed content could cover the entire device. The smartphone would then automatically adapt to the user and thus show him the respective main page.
The expensive iPhone models already have a back made of glass. However, this is not designed as a touchscreen. If Apple actually implements the patent, the frame elements would also have to be made of glass. The current smartphone glasses are very stable and shatterproof, but they can still shatter if dropped. So here Apple would have to build in a much more stable glass. Otherwise, the approach sounds exciting. However, it is not entirely new. With the Mi Max, Xiaomi has already presented a smartphone that consists almost entirely of touch surfaces. The limited model cost an impressive 2,600 euros.