Apple is looking to surprise the competition with its upcoming portable devices which may feature curved glass touchscreens. According to DigiTimes the big players in the industry have been showing interest in curved glass displays but Apple has already taken the next step and is looking to release the new devices in the beginning of 2012.
Apple has apparently already contacted glass suppliers, such as Lens Technology, Fuji Chrystal and G-Tech and bought polishing glass equipment and hundreds of glass cutting machines. After all this gearing up, there has been speculation that the fifth generation iPhone may have a curved glass screen, but so far there isn't any indication that Apple will release the new feature this year.
For Apple, curved glass has been a strong point of interest not only for its devices, but also for high-profile architectural projects. The new campus in Cupertino, California with its sleek spaceship appearance also incorporates the feature.
Curved glass surrounds the entire building, and furthermore "there is not a straight piece of glass in this building" Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder said while unveiling the plans. He admitted,"we've used our experience in building retail buildings all over the world. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass for architectural use." This experience will also prove indispensable in the architecture of the new Apple store in Santa Monica, that will feature a curved glass ceiling.
However, having a curved screen would not be a completely new feature for smartphones, since the Nexus S, released last December by Google, had curved glass covering the display.