Imagine an iPhone with a screen that wrapped around the device, instead of leaving you to only interact with the front face. We’re not the first ones to imagine such an idea. Apple recently filed for a patent that described exactly that kind of device, which means it would employ a flexible screen.
Here’s how Apple describes the invention: “The consumer electronic product includes at least a transparent housing and a flexible display assembly enclosed within the transparent housing. In the described embodiment, the flexible display assembly is configured to present visual content at any portion of the transparent housing.”
The transparent housing is compelling, and we wonder what the end user benefits could be. If the phone can display various content around the device, perhaps we would be able to control music without having to open an application, or see social media feeds floating across one portion of the phone at all times.
MacRumors also said the application describes possibly using two displays on top of one another to create a “3D effect.” , 3D phones aren’t new and in fact weren’t very popular when they hit the market, but if Apple can build on the concept with a better quality screen we think the concept could be a winner.