Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display tech

March 28, 2013
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Wait. What? Didn't Samsung already have this in the works? For those that aren't familiar Samsung has been working hard on their curved AMOLED dispaly technology, but it looks like Apple might beat them to the punch. Samsung's YOUM display technology has been shown off many times, but Apple's already applied for a patent of said technology.

According to the reports from AppleInsider this patent covers a curved display or a wrap-around AMOLED screen design. The images provided are obviously just illustrations and proof of concepts, but it's pretty interesting to say the least. Look familiar to anyone?

Just yesterday we reported that Samsung received and applied for more mobile patents in 2012 than anyone else, but apparently this somehow didn't make the list. We're not fully sure at this point, but if Apple beats them to this that could spell trouble for their future screen technology they've been working on for years.

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Samsung's concept device shown off working at CES had a slight curve on the side for shortcuts and notifications, but Apple details what appears to be a complete 360 degree view. An entire device wrapped in a touchscreen. That would be interesting. I want one on my wrist, running Android of course. This isn't the first time we've seen curved displays and glass in the tech world, but it looks like things are getting closer and closer to it becoming a reality. Don't expect the next iPhone to have it, but many think Samsung's next Galaxy S 5 will. Who knows.

[via SlashGear]


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  • No More Apple

    I’m personally sick of all these patents. I’ve had Apple products for twenty-nine years now and Apple simply has become a bore and a bully. Sick, sick, sick of Apple.

  • gary

    ARE YOU SERIOUS!! HOW CAN THIS EVEN BE ALLOWED?? My god, this just proves what a copycat and patent troll Apple is. I hate the f-*king company

  • Richard Yarrell

    I wouldn’t worry too much about this. Samsung has worked for years on this youm technology and have prototypes in use. Apple won’t get this patent

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Yeah you’d think they’ve already received multiple patents on this. Who knows. The patent system is broken anyways. shit

  • Marsg

    Ohoh Apple is trolling again , hide yo hardware, hide yo software, hide yo innovations, they stealing everything around here

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Hide yo wife, hide yo kids..

  • Gilbert Gonzalez

    Why am I not surprised. Headlines around the world “iPhone Curve revolutionizes the modern smartphone with an all-new innovation of a curved display”

    SMFH

  • PJAMA

    Apple, we’ve had enough of your idea-stealing riff-raff. At times like this it makes me wonder why my mother had switched from an iPhone 3G to a Galaxy S3…

  • jomama

    why would u knot head cover al bases on a screen and curve straight angle etc.on a patend I wonder sometimes if these folks are smokin crack,christ.they have brilliant minds workin 4 them or do they I no its easy to b a arm chair critic but comon,lets get on this planet! remember friends stay thirsty !

  • DownUnderOz

    What’s original on this Apple 3:( this company is lost…

  • hohopig

    mmm don’t they need a proof of concept model and prototype before they can patent it? Or is US Patent office so stupid and easy to con that ANYONE can patent ANYTHING with a writeup?

  • hohopig

    And to make matter worse .. isn’t there already prior art in the public domain what with the news reports and what not?

  • hohopig

    now I am ambivalent with Samsung’s patent too, but this really takes the cake

  • Purple Ferret

    You know what would fix this problem. Bar Apple from filing for patents until they’ve finished up with the litigation they are already involved in. Or better yet, for 10 or so years. They are abusing the patent system, and like a child who abuses his privileges, you take them away from them. Also I agree, requiring a physical proof of concept model and demonstrating that its not based on any past works in existence would also solve a ton of problems hohopig.