Apple Files Patent For Mac With Curved Screen

Posted: Jan 27 2020, 4:08am CST | by , in Technology News

 
Apple files patent for Mac with curved screen
Photo credit: Apple / US PTO

The hardware giant could be foraying into foldable displays sooner than expected.

The next Mac computer could pack a display that is made with a curved sheet of glass, as suggested by Apple’s latest patent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Apple’s design application, called “Electronic Device with Glass Housing Member,” is for a device with a “curved surface between the upper portion and the lower portion.”

It was designed by Apple’s inventors in California.

Although the filing did not explicitly say that the design is for Apple’s line of Mac computers, it did note that the device could be a “desktop computer.”

Apple also hinted that the design could “take the form of or be included in any suitable computing device, including a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, an automobile, a wearable audio device, an appliance, an accessory device, or the like.”

The tech giant is perhaps the only smartphone, tablet or laptop maker that has yet to foray into devices with foldable displays. Its rivals, including Samsung, LG, Motorola, as well as China’s Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi, have all attempted to market their foldable devices.

However, some are still facing troubles with the mechanical aspects of their foldable devices.

In 2019, Samsung had to push back the release of its Samsung Galaxy Fold after sample devices sent to tech reviewers and other experts encountered major issues such as flickering screens and creases in the middle of the screen after repeated folds.

Apple has yet to announce any plans surrounding foldable devices, but the patent application for the curved glass sheet display could signal that Apple is eyeing to enter the troubled market of foldable displays that is still in its infancy.

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