Are Apple Displays Changing Forever?

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been granted a patent for a process to create high quality curved glass that may change the way the company builds its devices.

What is the Technology Described in the Patent?

Curved screens on the Samsung (SSNLF.PK) Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus may have helped the Korean company stand out among the smartphone crowd, but it appears that big rival Apple is keen to make it own mark. The filing describes a technique to mold thin glass into bent or curved shapes without using risky chemicals, according to Patently Apple. The Apple manufacturing process, according to the filing, is safer and cost-effective and helps create thinner and higher-quality concave enclosures. The screens may be used for smaller devices such as an iPhone or larger ones, like that on a Thunderbolt display.

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CHEAT SHEET Analysis: High-Quality Product Pipeline for Future Good News

One of the core components of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework focuses on new products being planned that will, in the future, affect the company’s sales and revenues. A patent definitely does not automatically imply that a new product is on its way, but it does offer guidance in the direction a company wants to go in.

Samsung is Apple’s biggest rival in the smartphone market, so a way to undercut any technical advantage that the Korean company may hold is not out of the question for the iPhone maker. In addition, the company added in the filing that the technique was also suitable for user input devices such as a mouse, trackpad, personal digital assistant, or remote controls. Another use, and one that will excite investors a lot more, is related to glass displays for devices including “portable computers, tablet computers, displays, monitors, and televisions.”

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