1. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Apple patent points to plastic touch screens | iLounge News

    I think this will definitely be incorporated into the next gen iPhone or a refresh of the iPod Touch. Maybe it is being tested and it will expand to other Apple products.



    Also looks like this is going to be incorporated into the current iPod line, maybe the Nano first (based on the patent photos).
    06-19-2008 04:28 PM
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    One more thing... I think all the iPods will incorporate some type of touchscreen control. Ummm as for iMacs, Macbooks, Macbook Pros, that's uncertain for now. Waiting continues.
    06-19-2008 04:29 PM
  3. nsquared's Avatar
    Oh no, not plastic. They would be taking a step backwards from the (general) scratch-resistance of glass.
    06-19-2008 05:30 PM
  4. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Could you imagine what this would cost in terms of price? I think it will certainly bring the cost of the device down. But it also brings the quality down. Hmm. I have the original iPhone so I'm set.
    06-19-2008 06:04 PM
  5. IrishJK09's Avatar
    Apple has patented quite a few things that aren't coming in the 3G iPhone. I highly, highly doubt it will have a plastic face. Besides, if you want to be technical, the current iPhone has a plastic face. It is "optical glass" which is a super, super hard and scratch resistant plastic. (At least that is what I read somewhere)
    06-19-2008 06:46 PM
  6. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Apple has patented quite a few things that aren't coming in the 3G iPhone. I highly, highly doubt it will have a plastic face. Besides, if you want to be technical, the current iPhone has a plastic face. It is "optical glass" which is a super, super hard and scratch resistant plastic. (At least that is what I read somewhere)
    Optical glass is not considered hard plastic, it is in fact glass. A glass that is absolutely flawless, completely transparent and can be ground to shape.

    Source (University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia): Teachers' Guide: Optical Munitions Glossary Sheet
    06-19-2008 06:56 PM
  7. IrishJK09's Avatar
    Optical glass is not considered hard plastic, it is in fact glass. A glass that is absolutely flawless, completely transparent and can be ground to shape.

    Source (University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia): Teachers' Guide: Optical Munitions Glossary Sheet
    Well apparently what I read was wrong, lol. I still don't see them replacing the iPhone's screen with plastic though. Maybe future products and iPods, like you said.
    06-19-2008 07:34 PM
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    If it does in fact make it to the next gen iPods, it will make it cheaper to produce (they don't need the wheel or its associated components anymore). I wonder if they will reduce the price as well. Hmm, who knows.
    06-19-2008 09:35 PM
  9. HymerSchmidt's Avatar
    I called the touch-screens in another thread in this forum. 5 ******-bag points for me!
    06-19-2008 11:24 PM
  10. alex.stef's Avatar
    my guess is that the plastic screen will be incorporated in the new iPods, but not in the iPod Touch and iPhone for the moment. maybe after a couple of years
    06-20-2008 05:44 PM
  11. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    We can probably expect a plastic screen if the price of the iPhone drops again. But yes, I definitely think it will make it into the next version of the iPod (except Touch).
    06-20-2008 06:34 PM
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