Apple patent points to new curved screen technology

New curved screen technology

Gigaom

If you’re still busy trying to wrap your head around a 12.9-inch iPad, how does a curved screen iPhone(s aapl) sound? That might be where Apple is headed, according to a new patent awarded to the company on Tuesday for a “curved touch sensor.” First noticed by Apple Insider, the patent describes curved screen technology that could potentially make its way into phones, tablets, monitors and mice, among other devices.

The patent details a manufacturing process that would allow Apple to produce a curved touch screen without worrying about deformation in the substrate. According to the patent:

The method can include depositing and patterning a conductive thin film on a flexible substrate to form at least one touch sensor pattern, while the flexible substrate is in a flat state. According to certain embodiments, the method can include supporting the flexible substrate in the flat state on at least…

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