According to a freshly issued patent application, Apple has advanced its research on smartphones with all-glass cases. The patent, which was discovered by Patently Apple, is called “Electronic Device with Glass Case” and was handed over to Apple earlier today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The study focuses on electronic gadgets with six-sided glass cases and glass cases that completely wrap the item.
Apple’s patent describes how the touch screens are recessed “within the interior volume and positioned adjacent to at least a portion of each of the six sides of the six-sided glass casing” for devices such as the iPhone. These screens are adaptable to the interior curvature of the case and can support additional touch input areas.
The patent describes how glass can be bent, tapered, and stacked to form an all-glass enclosure with room for components such as speakers and microphones. Apple also recommends that certain glass surfaces have distinct textures to distinguish them from neighboring entrance areas.
Apple has described many methods of accessing internal components of the device, presumably for manufacturing and maintenance, such as removing a window or what Apple calls a “cap” part. This would allow internal components to slide in a manner similar to the Siri remote seen on the latest Apple TV.
The brief also shows how the device’s software can be integrated into an all-glass design to adaptively adapt based on how the user holds and aligns the device, with this additional information displayed on the outer edges of the device and user interface elements moving towards the surface to be interacted with.
Along with the iPhone, which appears to be the main feature of the patent, the app also shows how other products, including the Apple Watch, a cylindrical Mac Pro, and a Mac Pro tower, can have all-glass shells and use their interior. areas.
Devices with all-glass cases have long been idealized as the inevitable conclusion of Apple design by some, including former Apple designer Sir Jony Ive. Apple’s patent filings don’t reveal the company’s impending ambitions, but they do reveal some of the company’s specialized areas of R&D.
The new Apple Watch Series 7 has a thicker face glass. The refractive curved edge of the Apple Watch’s glass, when combined with larger screen sizes, gives the effect of the screen almost touching the case, in what may be a modest iteration towards the type of design considered in this file.