Apple patent points to plastic touch screens

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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.

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Also looks like this is going to be incorporated into the current iPod line, maybe the Nano first (based on the patent photos).
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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)
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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).