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NEW DELHI : Apple is working on an all glass iPhone. The company recently patented a phone that comes with screens on all six sides. As 2050 as it sounds, the phone may be closer to reality than you think.

A patent in US, filed by Apple, describes a phone as an ‘Electronic Device with Glass Enclosure’. The patent also specifies that the glass enclosure is on six sides. If the phone follows a conventional slab-like design, this could mean an all glass phone with screens all around it.

The phone comes with bending screens on all sides
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The phone comes with bending screens on all sides (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

The patent states, “Described herein, however, are electronic devices with enclosures that use glass to define multiple sides of the enclosure... In such cases, the enclosure may appear visually and tactilely seamless, such that the entire enclosure may appear to be formed from a single piece of glass (even though it may be formed from multiple separate pieces attached together)."

The glass iPhone displaying a call
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The glass iPhone displaying a call (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

To explain it further, the patent also reveals a few sketches. The sketches make it clear that the main front screen flows down to the other side and the bent screen also contains many software buttons which will play as software alternatives to the power button, volume control and even the Ring/Silent switch that Apple pioneered. The software buttons could also function like the touch bar on the latest Macbooks. The functionality of the touch bar on Macbook changes according to the application that is running on the screen.

Apple routinely files patents for new technology but majority of these patents never make it to the production lines. However, folding and bending screens seem to be the next step in the evolution of smartphones. Apple’s acceptance of this technology could change how other major players perceive the hardware and software of smartphones.

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