As Apple Patents Flexible Glass, Is Bendable iPhone Coming?

Handy bendy phones – teenage proof ?

CBS Miami

(CNET) – Apple has patented a method that could help propel traditional glass screens into a flexible future.

The new patent, first discovered by Wired, was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. patent 8,336,334 details a method of using heat while bending glass over a mold in order to encourage a particular shape — and so who’s to say that Apple’s iPhone and iPad might not one day sport the curved equivalent of a traditional, straight glass screen?

Apple’s not alone in exploring the possibility of flexible screens for gadgets. Samsung, for instance, plans to show off at CES 2013 next month a 5.5-inch flexible phone screen. Nokia has also toyed with flexible phones in its research labs.

As part of the “slumping” process, the way glass is bent over a mold, Apple’s new patent explains how the method can be used to dynamically change glass shapes to create a bend or curve without…

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