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Apple patents buttonless wraparound 3d display design

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By John Glenday, Reporter

March 29, 2013 | 1 min read

Apple has filed a patent for a wraparound display iPhone design with no buttons in what would be the most radical redesign of the popular phone since its launch.

The display would stretch across every available inch of surface space on the gadget and would be formed by joining two AMOLED screens one on top of the other.

In addition to boosting screen real estate without upping the phones girth the technique would also create an ‘illusion of depth perception… mimicking a 3D experience.’

In their filing Apple stated: “The majority of portable electronic device manufacturers utilize a common form factor consisting generally of a flat planar form factor with a single surface dedicated mainly for use as a display surface, while the other surfaces remain largely unused, save for the occasional button or switch.

“Although this form factor lends itself to electronic devices that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to handle… the size of the user interface is generally limited to a portion of the device that takes up less than half of the overall device surface area.”

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