Tired of Apple (NASDAQ:
) acting a little too much like Microsoft (NASDAQ:
You know, an update here, and update there-each about as
exciting as watching reruns of CNBC specials when the market is
closed? Microsoft has it down to a science with Office. "In this
exciting new update, we moved the page layout menu one spot to the
left. Revolutionary, don't you think?"
Apple has done it Microsoft-style with its last couple of
iPhones. The company thought it could score a huge hit with a
faster processor and a larger screen but the consumer wasn't buying
it. (Literally, if you believe all of the Apple supply chain
rumors.) A new patent filing by the company might take the iPhone
from, "that was so 2001" to, "I have to have it."
reports that Apple filed a patent for a transparent iPhone. Among
the possible features:
A flexible, wraparound screen that allows the user to view content
on either side of the phone. A larger screen.
estimates 10 inches-nearly double the size of the latest Samsung
Galaxy S4. Two flexible screens can work together to present
content slightly out of phase creating an illusion of depth, much
like a 3D experience. Aluminum housing that gives the phone the
look of being all screen and no body. No physical buttons. Users
might hover their hand and move it up or down on the side of the
phone to adjust volume.
This, along with recent news from the
Wall Street Journal
that Jonathan Ive is taking over innovation and development of
Apple's operating system, iOS could make for an iPhone 6 that's
clearly a standout in the crowded cell phone space.
Insiders point out that this patent provides strong evidence
that Apple is heavily investing in flexible glass technology.
) is the likely supplier. Apple has long been a user of Corning's
Gorilla glass which makes using its flexible
an obvious choice.
Willow Glass is also said to be a key component in
Apple's rumored iWatch
that could be released by the end of the year.
The stock is well off its highs, the "Steve Jobs took Apple with
him to the grave" articles are all over the media, and Wall Street
is telling Apple, "If you can't do what you used to, give us our
If this is what Apple reveals at its iPhone 6 press event,
) and Samsung will be calling some marathon design meetings.
Apple rumors at this early stage always overstep what actually
ends up in the finished product but the patent application,
complete with cool drawing
, is a good indication that consumers will see this phone. But is
it the iPhone 6 or a later version? We'll know soon enough as
leaked images of the screws used in the next iGadget proliferate
and wow us all.
(c) 2013 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment
advice. All rights reserved.
Profit with More New & Research
. Gain access to a streaming platform with all the information you
need to invest better today.
Click here to start your 14 Day Trial of Benzinga