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Apple Patents A Way To Make All-Glass iPhones, iPads, Monitors And TVs
TechCrunch ^ | 8 JUL 2014 | Darrell Etherington

Posted on 07/09/2014 11:47:56 AM PDT by shove_it

Apple has patented a method for building devices with all-glass outer casings (via AppleInsider), by fusing pieces together for a completely seamless final look. The all-glass device casings could be used to hold the internals of an iOS device or to house a TV or monitor, too.

The all-glass structures are designed for maximum durability but also weight savings, with designs that fuse pieces together to avoid having to use a single heavy block of material, and internal structures like fused-on ribs and reinforcement points, also made of glass, placed at key points where structural integrity could be weaker.

Unlike the iPhone 4, which featured front and back glass panels, the patent would allow Apple to build completely glass-encased gadgets, which would allow for a completely different aesthetic versus other gadget-maker’s designs. An all-glass Retina Cinema Display would certainly stand out from the crowd in terms of monitors, and an all-glass iPhone would definitely draw even more headlines than usual.

Of course, glass is still subject to impact damage and other potential pitfalls. And as with many of its other patents, Apple may simply have experimented with the tech but then moved on to something else (like sapphire glass construction, for instance), but the patent does cite Apple SVP Jony Ive as one of its main inventors. Flat glass slabs are a staple of sci-fi TV and movies, after all, so maybe Apple wants to help usher that future into production.

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1 posted on 07/09/2014 11:47:56 AM PDT by shove_it
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To: shove_it

Maybe, but unless the glass is extremely shatterproof, not a good idea.


2 posted on 07/09/2014 11:49:39 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: shove_it

Will they work underwater?


3 posted on 07/09/2014 11:50:05 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: shove_it; Las Vegas Dave; ShadowAce

ping


4 posted on 07/09/2014 11:51:44 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: shove_it

what happens should you drop it?


5 posted on 07/09/2014 11:53:54 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: RayChuang88

All glass case, because...

why limit cracks to the front of the phone?


6 posted on 07/09/2014 11:54:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: shove_it

Is this the big next thing rumored coming from AAPL?


7 posted on 07/09/2014 11:57:41 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: shove_it
"...maximum durability but also weight savings..."

Because, when I think of durability and weight savings, glass immediately springs to mind.
8 posted on 07/09/2014 11:58:32 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: shove_it

They break too easy as it is


9 posted on 07/09/2014 12:03:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: shove_it

That should shatter any misconceptions about Apple’s thoughts on product maintenance.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 12:07:40 PM PDT by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: shove_it

Every I Phone I see not in a protective cover is shattered. So if there is a weight savings it better include a cover.


11 posted on 07/09/2014 12:09:33 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Rebel_Ace
It's not glass...



12 posted on 07/09/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: shove_it

Plain old clear Castolite would be a better material.
It’s extremely cheap as well. You could pop off the old case if it got too beat up and get a new one for a few bucks.


13 posted on 07/09/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT by Bobalu (Israel is the most long-suffering and peace loving nation on Earth.)
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To: setha
Has Apple EVER had any interest in 'product maintenance'? Some of their large desktop/tower computers have been relatively easy to open and maintain/upgrade, but that seems to be the exception not the rule. They have a long-standing fascination with user-hostile hardware. "Keep Out" seems to be their motto.

That's fine, for those who like it. This idea seems to be the logical conclusion. NOBODY, not even an Apple Certified Guru, will be able to crack it.

14 posted on 07/09/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: RayChuang88

Gorilla Glass, used in the military is used right now on phones.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 12:15:44 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

It’s my understanding corning developed gorilla glass for steve jobs


16 posted on 07/09/2014 12:16:53 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert
It’s my understanding corning developed gorilla glass for steve jobs

Perhaps ...

Here is a list of devices with Gorilla Glass.

You might find it interesting.

17 posted on 07/09/2014 12:20:26 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

That does sound weird for a piece of consumer electronics. Wouldn’t you WANT to be able to open it, for example to retrieve a hard drive’s contents?


18 posted on 07/09/2014 12:21:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That’s Apple.

They’re Different.

It’s just the way it is ... some folks don’t WANT to tinker with their hardware ... Apple supplies them what they want.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 12:24:07 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: RayChuang88; shove_it

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla_Glass


20 posted on 07/09/2014 12:31:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: NorthMountain

Well, hermetically sealed personal computers/etc. is certainly a different concept.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: shove_it

I wouldn’t have anything that stupid!


22 posted on 07/09/2014 12:36:48 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The shell on the original one-piece MacIntosh (see #12) snapped together. I knew people with a special “Mac Cracker” tool to separate the halves. PITA, sez I. Compare to PCs, that were opened up with a #2 Philips screwdriver.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 12:41:28 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Bratch

Surmet’s ALON® Transparent Armor 50 Caliber Test ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnUszxx2pYc


24 posted on 07/09/2014 12:42:48 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: Bratch

lulz


25 posted on 07/09/2014 12:51:45 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: NorthMountain

You don’t know what you are talking about. you can buy the parts on the internet in fix it yourself. Or have any phone repair booth in the mall do it. Not that hard. Same as any smart phone.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 1:00:56 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Bratch

Actually it will be sapphire, not aluminum.


27 posted on 07/09/2014 1:01:45 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: MrB

You know they already HAD double sided glass iphones, right? The 5th generations ones have glass on both sides. the 6th’s don’t.
I have a 5th and have dropped it plenty of times. I never use a case. It is fine.


28 posted on 07/09/2014 1:02:47 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: TalonDJ
How many tools are required to replace the battery on an Apple iPhone 5? Identify these tools. How many screws must be removed? What type of screws are they?

How many tools are required to replace the battery on a Samsung Galaxy S phone? Identify these tools. How many screws must be removed? What type of screws are they?

I know the answers to these questions. Do you?

29 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:40 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: TalonDJ

30 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:42 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: TalonDJ

Sapphire IS aluminum.


31 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:58 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: TalonDJ

tick tock

tick tock

tick tock


32 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:16 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

Apple:

2 tools: a micro star screwdriver and a small plastic pry bar.
4 star screws: 2 on the connecter, and two on the battery clip. Additionally, the battery connects to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, and another ribbon cable connects the motherboard to the case. Be careful.

Samsung:

Hmmm ... is a fingernail a tool? If so, then that’s the only tool you need. No screws.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 1:14:01 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

whoopty fk. I can google that in 20 seconds same as you. So what? How often have you had to open one? of either kind? Personally I replaced the battery in my ipod back when morons where whining about it not being replaceable. The one time I cracked a screen I had a co-worker do it for 50 bucks. Yeah that sounds hard. If the punk in the mall kiosk can pull it off then it isn’t that hard. So tell me since you know everything about it, how much longer does an iphone take to repair than a samsung? 10 more minutes? 15? whoopty effing do.


34 posted on 07/09/2014 1:24:37 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: TalonDJ

HAHAHAHahahahahahahahaha!


35 posted on 07/09/2014 1:27:44 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

That is great... but 99.9% of people with the guts to open their phone have a star screwdriver and know how to google to video. So what? Why spend extra engineering to make something more repairable when it is already being repaired mostly by someone with tools? The only time I needed to crack open a small apple device it was not hard. But hey, if 4 screws make you scared then I feel sorry for you.


36 posted on 07/09/2014 1:28:18 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: NorthMountain

I don’t tinker with my toaster, refrigerator, stove, TV, DVD player, Apple TV, Roku, car or dog. I just want stuff to plug in and work. There’s too much in life to experience and not enough time to do it. Keeping things in good working order and replacing worn-out stuff is enough as it is.


37 posted on 07/09/2014 1:30:21 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NorthMountain

Back when I had a Walkman I did not hear people bitching about how many more screws a Sony had than a Panasonic. Some people get completely deranged when it comes to trying to mock apple products.


38 posted on 07/09/2014 1:30:29 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The funny things is people that have reliable cars laugh at those with unreliable ones that they ‘can easily fix’. Repair-ability is only sometimes a top design consideration. I design avionics and we think pretty hard about when it makes sense to fix something and when you just replace it.


39 posted on 07/09/2014 1:32:46 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: TalonDJ

You miss the point.

Apple doesn’t want you in there. They never really have. And that’s OK. It’s what most of their customers want.

Samsung (in the case of phones) doesn’t care. And that’s OK too ... it makes their customers happy.

BTW, if you really, truly, need to turn your phone OFF ... yanking the battery is the only way to be sure. For some folks, that’s a practical matter. If you’re not one of them, that’s OK.

Oh, yes: Blindly throwing out accusations of “not knowing what you’re talking about” ... at people you don’t know ... is a really bad idea.


40 posted on 07/09/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I’m happy for you ... Apple clearly makes the kind of product you want. Isn’t capitalism grand?


41 posted on 07/09/2014 1:34:54 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: TalonDJ
Again, you miss the point.

Apple makes you break out the toolkit.

Samsung doesn't.

That's just a fact. It reflects different design mentalities and different sets of customers.

Some people get completely deranged when it comes to 'defending' Apple products. Try not to be one of them. I made some comments about differences in design mentality between Apple and other competitors in the personal electronics business. Those comments are true. They're not insults, they're just statements of fact. Deal with it.

Good day, sir.

42 posted on 07/09/2014 1:40:19 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain
Oh, yes: Blindly throwing out accusations of “not knowing what you’re talking about” ... at people you don’t know ... is a really bad idea.

Is it? Because that is pretty much what you did in post 29 so I thought that was the game.

Yank the battery? Who needs to do that? Why? Perhaps they need to build their own. That is what we do in the avionics business. Hardware override switches get the job done. If someone is that paranoid I recommend getting a GSM module and build up from there. Or get an old flip phone. Better check how big its holdup-caps might be. When it comes to paranoia you can't be to sure.

It is not so much that apple wants to keep you out. They want it tight. 'Plastic tool tight' is tighter than 'finger nail tight'. It is not su much that they want to keep you out as they don't prioritize getting you in. That is a big darn difference even if the outcome might sometimes look similar. Methods for keeping people out are a lot more drastic. Screws and round out the heads. Epoxy. If they really wanted you out they would take more extreme measures. But why waste the energy doing that? They don't. They just build the phone the way they want and if that means it has a few more screws than the competition then so be it. The only people that pretend that is an issue already made up their mind to hate apple products long ago.
43 posted on 07/09/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: NorthMountain
Some people get completely deranged when it comes to 'defending' Apple products. Try not to be one of them. I made some comments about differences in design mentality between Apple and other competitors in the personal electronics business. Those comments are true. They're not insults, they're just statements of fact.

Not really. You are ascribing to Apple the motive to keep people out and to Samsung you are claiming they intended to make it user accessible. I look at those same features and conclude apple wanted to make it tight and solid and Samsung wanted to make it cheaper. You can call that facts if you like but without internal emails or something you are just guessing, same as me.
44 posted on 07/09/2014 1:54:06 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: shove_it

I remember that store in the 80s that had all that see thru stuff. Fun too look at, never bought anything. They went under, apparently I wasn’t the only one that thought see thru stuff was only cool for 5 minutes.


45 posted on 07/09/2014 1:56:12 PM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: shove_it

Seems like I remember Apple selling a lot of computers that were see through. The original iMac in all those transparent fruity colors. Apple is a “think different” company for sure. That has its advantages and disadvantages. I mean who spends $$$ on designing the inside of a product so it will be esthetically pleasing even when most people will never see? Yet, they do. I think Apple likes to, ideally, build products that they like. They probably only sell them to the rest of us just so they can keep on building stuff that “they” like.


46 posted on 07/09/2014 3:18:30 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: TalonDJ

Your post #26 preceded my post #29, and was, in fact, the beginning of this worthless conversation.

If you don’t need to turn a phone truly off by removing the battery, that’s fine. Some people do.

The rest of your post is just blather and drivel ... I’ll try to remember not to reply to any more of your missives.


47 posted on 07/09/2014 4:17:49 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

Has Apple EVER had any interest in 'product maintenance'?

Not really since Jobs came back. The main interests for Apple (with respect to design) are to create artwork and to raise the difficulty for repair.

Their older towers came close enough to a regular PC. A few screws here and there, and most of the stuff that had to be done, could be done. Today, it's all about artwork that requires an NDA to properly service.

NOBODY, not even an Apple Certified Guru, will be able to crack it.

They'll find a way, knowing that it's not uncommon to see a cracked screen iPhone. Or if you leave the device untouched long enough, the glass will crack by itself.

48 posted on 07/09/2014 6:35:47 PM PDT by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: shove_it; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; Aliska; ...
Apple awarded patent on all glass iPhone PING!


Apple all glass iPhone? Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

49 posted on 07/09/2014 9:13:05 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: bert
It’s my understanding corning developed gorilla glass for steve jobs

Not exactly. . . it was a product without a purpose. Steve Jobs just saw the purpose and incorporated it in the first iPhone. Other phone makers ignored it in favor of plastic. . . it was, in their opinion, too expensive for use on a handset and unnecessary for competition.

50 posted on 07/09/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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