Why Apple nixed an iPhone with curved glass

“The Apple-Samsung trial has provided us with an absolute treasure trove of information regarding Apple’s iPhone and iPad prototypes,” Yoni Heisler reports for Networkworld.

“I went back and looked through some of the older court filings from the case and stumbled upon portions of Douglas Satzger’s deposition,” Heisler reports. “Satzger worked at Apple from 1996 through 2008 as an “Industrial Design Creative Lead” and helped work on the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 3GS.”

Heisler reports, “Satzger at one point is questioned by Samsung’s attorney about the design of the original iPhone and acknowledges that there was a strong interest from within Apple’s industrial design team to develop a phone with shaped glass… Why didn’t Apple follow through on developing an iPhone with shaped glass? In a word, cost.”

Much more in the recommended full article, with details of the close collaborative process that goes into the design of Apple’s hardware, here.

12 Comments

    1. You’re an absolute moron. I can’t stand to see your ugly mug next to your stupid inane comments in silence any longer. Slurring Tim Cook about a future phone that you know next to nothing about is uncalled for. If you achieve even 1% what he has you should thank your lucky stars.

    1. It’s more then just the glass. Think about the ridged components inside, many of those would need to be to be made differently. Not that these things can’t be done but the total cost was obviously prohibitive.

  1. Not only that, but think about having a curved iPhone in your pocket. How much curve is too much? Not enough? Is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?!?

    1. They are referring to the 3GS and below design..which was curved (back panel). I prefer the curved back since it fits better in your pocket..and when you pick it up you automatically know what’s back and what’s front.

  2. Wasn’t there news a few years back about apple buying dozens or was it hundreds of CNC glass grinding machines? Was that going to be for the iPhone, or the “mother ship” building, or was that just rumor?

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