Apple seems to file patent applications on a weekly basis, with one of the latest to be granted centering around a convex iPhone display, AppleInsider reports. Approved just days ago by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the patent is titled "Electronic devices with convex displays," as it describes a curved screen that would extend over the sides of the iPhone.
If created, such a display could be made from flexible OLED or LCD panels, while the cover layer or the housing could be constructed from glass and a reinforcement layer crafted from metal.
A rounded display would allow for added components within the iPhone — such as a larger battery — while also making the device appear thinner overall. It could increase the surface area of the screen as well, wrapping around the edges and onto the back of the phone.
As AppleInsider points out, Apple has been targeting an iPhone with a rounder build dating back to 2013. The company has filed numerous patents involving a curved display, while others center around folding screens.
You can learn more about Apple's convex display plans over at AppleInsider.