Apple Ditched Curved Glass iPhone Because It Was Too Expensive

Information about Apple's early iPhone prototypes and concepts just keep coming. According to the latest court filing to be dug up, Apple considered building a phone with shaped glass, but it never happened because it would have cost too much. Look at these images. Trippy concept, right?

Network World discovered the deposition of former Apple designer Douglas Satzger in which he details the curvy wonder. Satzger worked as a top-level industrial designer at Apple from 1996 to 2008, and he is now the VP of Industrial Design at Intel. The idea was to put rounded glass on the top and bottom of the iPhone instead of the flat panels we have today. But as with the aluminium iPhone prototypes we learnt about recently, the design and manufacture of the shaped-glass phone was deemed too complicated and expensive to be feasible:

The technology in shaping the glass, the cost relative to shaping the glass at the time, and some of the design features of this specific shape were not liked.

Wow. Think of how different the world would be if there were millions upon millions of people wandering around with curved phones instead of what we've got today. OK, not at all. But still! Oooo, wow, neat curvy phone! [Network World via 9to5Mac]


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    The Nokia Lumia 800 has curved glass and it's rather nice, it has to be said.

    That looks fanstastic compared to the iPhone 4!

    My Nexus S has curve glass display, and its almost 2 yrs old. The technology could be expensive for apple, but not for Samsung.

    If apple wins this ongoing trial, smartphones will become expensive making apple rich at the expense of the public.

    Come on Judge Lucy Koh, put the public first.

      Yeah, both the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus have curved glass, however this prototype predates both. Additionally, corners were cut with the Nexus S' glass - they deemed Gorilla glass to impractical/expensive to use in a curved display, and opted for normal glass instead.

    I just wish they'd ditch that bloody home button already.

      So you think Apple has no rights when it comes to defending what it believes is its intellectual property, just because you don't like them? Get real. If the names were reversed in this law suit, you would be crying "die Apple die". If Apple had deliberately destroyed documents directly relating to the case, you would be outraged. If Apple had publicly released evidence that was ruled as inadmissible, you would come straight here and protest sternly about how Apple is illegally trying to distort the courts. So you wish to support Samsung here? A corrupt, immoral company that bribes politicians, spies on its rivals, pays suppliers to not sell rival products, destroys documents that prove culpability in court, and just take ideas right from their rivals without trying to make them look slightly different? If this were Apple doing this, the world would be outraged. Obviously Samsung can do no wrong with you. Lets hope you never design something important because if someone steals you work, I'm sure you'd be happy with it.

        "A corrupt, immoral company that bribes politicians, spies on its rivals, pays suppliers to not sell rival products, destroys documents that prove culpability in court, and just take ideas right from their rivals without trying to make them look slightly different"
        You described Apple perfectly

          Idiotic and childish response with no substance or facts to back up your retort.
          Simply just talking out your @$$?
          BTW Kronk, well said. Very well put.

          Agreed to the extent that a "rectangle" does not form intellectual property. The American Patent system and the legal system are a disgrace. Apple and Samsung are as bad as each other and by enforcing these ridiculous patents, they're effectively halting innovation.
          Kronk is right on some degree, but they seem like an Apple fanboy.
          Likewise, Argustuffed is a Samsung or anti-Apple fanboy.

    All companies are as bad as each other. If you think any of them actually care about 'users' at the expense of profit, you're living in a fantasty world.

    I'm just thinking out loud, but how many cracked iPhone screens have you seen? Compared to ANY other phone out there?
    Now if one had to add curved glass to it, it doesn't take a genius to work out what happens next.

    Seen cracked screens on an old Panasonic phone, my old Siemens, Nokia, as well as a few modern Samsumgs. As well as the iPhone.

    Glass is glass. It will crack if the right force is applied to it. All manufacture suffer the same issue.

    glad they didnt do it... do u know how hard it is for screen protectors to go onto curved glass... they just peel up at the edges...
    SGS3 fail

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