At Macworld, we spend a lot of time wdering about the next generati of Apple devices. (If you share our curiosity, take a look at our articles the 2018 iPhone, the iPad mini 5 and the rumor Apple Car, as well as our article What will Apple do in 2018? ?). term, and the larger image. Where is the technology going? What does the future hold? And what will Apple's smartphes look like in 2019, 2020, or even 2030 and beyd?
In this article, we address some of the paths that could take smartphe technology in the coming years, starting with the iPhone from 2019 could be called the iPhone XIs, although the naming cventi that Apple will use by then there is somebody's guess). Keep reading.
More recently, sources have predicted that the iPhone would get a rear-facing triple-sided camera in 2019, while it appeared that Apple engineers of a base in the UK are working processors. And it looks like curved iPhones are in development and could be with us in two or three years.
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The Design Changes
The iPhones are this lethal combinati of expensive and fragile that causes so much csumer sorrow. The result is that every iPhone owner has to do his own thing with the devil: either by wrapping it in a sturdy casing, thus masking the beautiful design for which he has paid all the mey, or by risking damage to the pavement whenever it takes
This may not be the case in the future, given the wide range of sustainable and futuristic over-materials that could to be used the iPhones of 2020. In this secti we are looking at design developments that could make the iPhone 9 and later harder than you could imagine … as well as other fun changes to the design outside.
Below we look at some of the new design changes coming to the iPhone design.
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Many people do not like the way it reduces the amount of screen that real estate developers must use, and find it distracting; others appreciate that Apple has used every millimeter of screen available – even going beyd the camera and face recogniti sensors either side – and some even claim that # 39; it is an icic and recognizable piece comparable to the Home butt of the original iPhone. 19659002] Both parties will be interested to hear that rumors suggest that the hack will decline in 2019 or disappear completely.
In January 2018, ET News, in South Korea, reports that Apple "is csidering a facial recogniti module with a camera module," a move that would allow the company to reduce the number of people in the company. notch – if she wants.Then, in March 2018, the same website claimed that Apple had found a way to get rid of the notch so you could make a real all-screen iPhone without having a ze reserved for cameras and sensors that are currently behind the notch. 19659002] This site claims that a "representative" told him that Apple had the intenti of removing the notch from the iPhone from 2019 and that it was already in talks with the companies ccerned.
Remove the notch can be made possible by a patent that Apple has just been awarded. regards displays with tiny microscopic openings between pixels where sensors can be located These openings would be too small to be really visible, and the sensors would be integrated in the display itself, according to Digital Trends of March 2018.
A future iPhone could have a ceramic rather than metal case. A patent suggests that Apple is working ceramic housings for iPhone. The patent describes a way to make ceramic iPhone bodies that are multiple colors – perhaps this could be the future of the SE iPhone range.
It seems that Apple is planning to place colored bars at the top and bottom of the back. device, according to Digital Trends in March 2018.
Apple has a patent that describes a portable device with a flexible OLED screen that, by releasing a latch, retracts into two hollow envelopes and unfolds again, place with support slats (a series of bistable metal elements that become rigid when forced into a flat state).
The retractable screen recedes into barrel-shaped housings made from aluminum or other suitable material. The speakers and microphe could be mounted in these cases, just like the camera – or even the cameras, with two cameras far enough apart to be used to capture stereoscopic images. ce closed, the two barrels would be held together by magnets. There is more information about the patent Apple Insider.
We doubt we will see iPhones following this design anytime so – a reas why we think that this would not suit the iPhone, it's that it looks like it should be used a flat surface, holding it when unrolled would be difficult. But we can see a retractable iPad being something that the future could hold.
Bloomberg Mark Gurman reports that Apple is developing phes with curved screens – it is interesting to specify that these are curved inward from top to bottom, which distinguishes them from the large number of horiztally curved devices currently the market.
Citing a source "familiar with the situati," Gurman says that curved phes could be "as little as two to three years away." Development is now possible because of the OLED screen technology used in the iPhone X, which is easier to produce in forms than LCD.
Nikkei predicted the launch of a flagship iPhone with a curved OLED display that curves to the sides, citing a source that is "familiar with Apple's plans". This is something we have already seen competing devices, such as Samsung S7 Edge and Note 7; it allows you to add more space a device without making it bigger, and you can also have notificatis designed to be viewed or activated the edge of the screen.
Apple Patent No. 9,146,590 refers to an "electric device with" wraparound display ", and describes a curved screen that allows to display more elements of the screen. screen without the device being significantly larger. (Remember that the illustratis rarely represent what the designer has in mind: in theory, the screen can be fully wrapped around the screen. device, or at least an edge like the Galaxy Edge.)
While the patent is talking about the … a "flexible screen assembly", it is important to note that this is not a patent for a foldable screen: the flexible porti of the screen is attached to the inner surface of the curved transparent housing , which "provides a rigid support structure that prevents deformati."
In August 2016, Pate Apple ntly reported that Apple had filed patents for a curved glass iPhone with virtual butts the sides.
… or a collapsible (or collapsible) iPhone
In January 2015 Apple received a patent that suggests that the company is invested tigating the idea of a flexible
The patent suggests that by making the iPhone flexible, Apple could unlock a new range of Ctrols: the user can open an applicati by bending the device in any way particular, for example, or use the flexibility to ctrol a game. It's an intriguing ccept if what seems wacky.
In additi, a flexible iPhone should be more impact resistant and therefore more durable. But we will discuss a key element in the idea of a flexible iPhone – a screen that can bend without breaking – in the tech secti of the screen.
An illustrati of the new patent of Apple. As noted by e of Patently Apple's commentators, it looks a bit like an "iPhone DS"
By way of update, Apple got in November 2016 another patent for a smartphe foldable.
Patent 9,485,862, spotted by Patently Apple, refers somewhat obliquely to "Electric Devices with Carb Nanotube Printed Circuits": carb nanotubes are the means by which devices can be bent. It was filed in August 2014 but was finally granted November 1, 2016.
"Carb nanotubes can be modeled to form carb nanotube signal paths substrates", reads in the summary of patent. "Signal paths can withstand cracking when they are bent. A bent porti of a carb nanotube signal path can be formed in a porti of a flexible substrate that passes through a hinge or another flexible part of an electric device. "
spotted at the end of January 2017 by Patently Apple, describes "a flexible screen that is movable between a folded positi and an unfolded positi", and a "fabric case [that] forms a flexible hinge that allows to fold the "In October 2017, the site in Korean language The Bell cited industry sources in support of its claim that Apple has actually started to work in partnership with LG a collapsible OLED iPhone, with a goal of mass producti in the first half of 2020.
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