Apple patents an (unlikely?) All-glass iPhone


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The rumors have intercepted a new patent filed by Apple. After the two on the drones, it is Patently Apple to bring to light what concerns some devices made entirely of glass including, in particular, an iPhone stands out without any other material than glass. No steel or aluminum, consequently no physical buttons that in the patent they are replaced by capacitive, touch keys.

Not all patents that are delivered to the offices of the competent bodies then find practical applications , we repeat it often; indeed, only a small part of the enormous volume of patents produced each year affects the characteristics of the objects that end up on the market. But this is interesting because Apple is a “repeat offender”: there has long been talk of an iPhone totally devoid of buttons and inputs, for which, although the idea of ​​an all-glass product is probably too ambitious even for the very ambitious Apple, it contains the recurring theme of capacitive inputs only.



Here are some passages of the document filed by Apple in which it is described – with the typical language of patents – the glass iPhone:

An electronic device includes a six-sided glass envelope which defines the internal volume and comprises first and second glass elements. The first defines at least a portion of a first main side of the six-sided envelope, at least a portion of a peripheral side, a first region along the peripheral side with a first thickness and a second region along the peripheral side with a second thickness, different from the first. The second glass element is attached to the first and defines at least a portion of a second main side of the six-sided envelope. The electronic device also includes a touch display within the internal volume adjacent to at least a portion of each of the six sides of the glass envelope.

The patent it also details the “full glass” realization of other products , such as laptops, tablets and smartwatches.

The idea is undoubtedly fascinating, but it would require considerable engineering effort and would bring with it various practical implications for those who should approach a device substantially all screen , moreover notably plus fragile compared to those we are used to which – it’s true – often have a glass panel both in front and behind, but also an aluminum or steel frame to ensure a certain structural solidity .


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