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Apple cooking up an all-glass iPhone, new patent suggests

The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), has recently awarded Apple a new patent called, “fused glass device housings.” The patent describes a device fully encased in “a glass housing structure.”

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“An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.”


“An electronic device, comprising: a display; and a housing in which the display is mounted, wherein the housing includes glass structures that have a recess that receives at least part of the display, wherein the glass housing structures include a planar glass member fused with a peripheral glass member that extends around at least some peripheral edge portions of the planar glass member to form the recess, wherein the glass structures have a curved interior surface, wherein the display comprises a flexible display, and wherein the flexible display is attached to the curved interior surface.”

Before you go off believing that Apple is planning to launch an iPhone encased in glass, note that not all patent see the light of day.

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Samsung says iPhone owners are ‘Wall Huggers’ in new Galaxy S5 ad

Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s power saving mode, you can squeeze out more juice for hours from a battery that is about to go dead. If ever the battery of the smartphone dies on you, you can always replace it with another fully charged battery since its batteries are removable. Sadly, this isn’t the case with the iPhone, with iPhone users having to plug in their phones whenever the battery runs out. Samsung capitalised on this fact and calls iPhone suers “Wall Huggers” in its new Galaxy S5 ad.


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Tim Cook talks about bigger screens on iPhones and ‘crappy’ Android tablet experience

In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about bigger screens on iPhones and the Android tablet experience, calling it “crappy.”tim-cook-apple-ceo1

Talking about when Apple will make the iPhone sport bigger screens like the competition, Cook said, “What we’ve said is that until the technology is ready, we don’t want to cross that line. That doesn’t say we’ll never do it. We want to give our customers what’s right in all respects – not just the size but in the resolution, in the clarity, in the contrast, in the reliability. There are many different parameters to measure a display and we care about all those, because we know that’s the window to the software.”

Speaking about the Android tablet experience, Cook said, “If you look back at the Mac/Windows battle that was going on at the time, you’d find that one of the things that was the catalyst for separating Mac from Windows share was applications. There was a vast, vast difference in the number of applications that was available for the Macintosh than what was available on Windows. Over time, that gap grew and grew and grew. And in fact, the Mac began to lose some key applications. We have over a million apps on iOS. We have over half-million that have been optimized for iPad. That half-million compares to 1,000 for Android tablets. That’s one of the reasons, although not the only reason, why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy because the app is nothing more than a stretched out smartphone app.

“The other thing is that Windows pretty much was one thing. Android is like Europe. Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn’t understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren’t like U.S. states. They were very different. Android is many things. How many people who use a Kindle know that they’re using Android? And you see what Samsung is doing by putting more and more software on top. I think it’s night and day. The compare is so off.

“So, no, I don’t see it as same. And I’m not saying this just because I am at Apple because I do understand the PC world at that time because I was in it. It was totally different. If you really talk to the people who went through it and understood it at a deep level, I don’t think any of them would tell you it’s the same.”

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Apple to offer mobile payments?

Given the number of iPhones and iPads in the hands of millions around the world, you must be wondering when Apple will offer mobile payments. After all, it is more convenient paying for stuff with your mobile device than taking out your credit card. According to a report, the Cupertino firm is looking into offering the service.iphone5smobilepayments

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Apple Inc. is laying the groundwork for an expanded mobile-payments service, leveraging its growing base of iPhone and iPad users and the hundreds of millions of credit cards on file through its iTunes stores.

“Eddy Cue, Apple’s iTunes and App Store chief and a key lieutenant of Chief Executive Tim Cook, has met with industry executives to discuss Apple’s interest in handling payments for physical goods and services on its devices, according to people familiar with the situation.

“In another sign of the company’s interest, Apple moved Jennifer Bailey, a longtime executive who was running its online stores, into a new role to build a payment business within the technology giant, three people with knowledge of the move said.

“Those people said Apple also spoke to at least five other well-known executives in the payment industry about the position before tapping Ms. Bailey.”

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Foxconn assembles 100 units of prototype iPhones sporting sapphire screens, according to report

According to a report, Foxconn has completed the assembly of 100 units of prototype iPhones that sport sapphire-coated screens.13.09.11-Touch_ID

The news comes to us courtesy of Chinese-speaking AppleDaily, which was spotted and translated by AppleInsider. According to the site, “The testing is said to have taken place at a Foxconn-owned factory in the Longhua district of Shenzhen, a major manufacturing city in mainland China’s Guangdong province. Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily was the first to report the news on Friday.

“Despite the low number of assembled units, the test reportedly marks a major milestone for Foxconn. Working with sapphire, rather than Corning’s softer Gorilla Glass, is said to markedly increase the complexity of the devices’ manufacturing process.”

It adds, “Rumors that Apple would move to a sapphire cover for its next-generation handset first appeared in 2012, though subsequent releases — including the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s — have continued to feature Gorilla Glass. The whispers grew louder last November when word broke that Apple had signed a $578 million deal with GT Advanced Technologies to open a sapphire manufacturing plant in Arizona, though some have speculated that plant may instead produce sapphire for a so-called ‘iWatch.’”

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