Apple explores the wraparound

A report this week from USA Today offers up some delicious fodder for Apple fanboys and fangirls to chew up. This time, it’s news of a patent filing by the Cupertino tech giant that looks an awful lot like a smartphone with a curvaceous display that borders (at least from the drawing submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) on voluptuousness.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Patent filings have long been one of the treasure-mapping tools that Apple followers jump on to see what wild and crazy things the company may be planning. This time, says the report, the filing points out “a need for an improved form factor for portable electronic devices that allows functions to extend to more than one surface.” And it quotes from the patent filing that Apple is “investigating ways to maximize the utility of unused portions of these devices.”

Apple seems to be jumping into wraparounds with both feet. Last month, another filing by Apple surfaced at USPTO, this time hinting strongly at a possibly wearable smartphone, or “iWatch.’

But then who the heck knows what Apple engineers truly have up their sleeves?

Or, for that matter, at the end of their sleeves.


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