Apple’s next iPhone could be made of all glass, thanks to two patents the tech giant acquired in the past few years.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were far thinner and more delicate than their predecessors, and “drop tests” proved the screen’s relative brittleness. This, along with the almost absurd amount of time people use their phones, makes it way easier for the devices to break. In fact, 23 percent of Apple iPhone screens are cracked, according to a study reported by PhoneArena.
According to the patent, the casing would be “chemically strengthened glass,” which is what Apple already uses in both the iPhone 6s and Apple Watch, according to Business Insider. The patent mentions an “oleophobic coating,” which can reduce glare, and minimize fingerprint smears and scratches, but does not add any fortification. The patent also notes that “additional supports may be attached to the inner framework so that portable electronic device is truly robust.”
While the seamless display of an all-glass phone would look really neat, the trim aesthetics could lead to more breaks in a phone already known for durability troubles.
An #iPhone 8 concept (2017?) showing an ‘edge-less display’. Image credit: Marek Weidlich pic.twitter.com/qLsv6f3GaX
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