Apple has been awarded a patent for curved touch screen technology, the patent is described as a ‘curved touch sensor’ and it comes with the US Patent No. 8,603,574, and it is possible that we could see this new technology in the Apple iWatch.
The patent covers the use of this new curved touch screen technology in display, touch mice, and touch pads, plus a number of other devices.
A number of smartphone manufacturers have already released curved display handsets, which include the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round, Apple could possibly use this technology in a future iPhone.
What is more likely, is that Apple will use their new curved display technology in their new smart watch, the Apple iWatch, which is rumored to launch some time in 2014.
This new curved display technology is designed to make these types of display easier to manufacture and work with, Apple Insider explains how this would work.
To avoid deformation due to the annealing process, the patent proposes a technique that deposits a conductive thin film over a flexible substrate while it is in a flat state. Once the electrodes are in place, the substrate package is joined to a curved “forming substrate” and subsequently heated. The process results in a non-deformed curved touch sensor stackup with a thin film that benefits from the high-temperature anneal.
You can find out more details about this new curved touch screen display technology from Apple over at Apple Insider, as yet there are no details on when it may launch in a future Apple device.
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