Apple has filed a patent that would provide customers with a wrap-around 360-degree screen.
Apple was granted the patent on Tuesday and it could allow the company to put a display on all sides of an iPhone: front, back and side.
“The wrap around display substantially increases the available display area that can be used for display of icons, data, images, video and such,” said the application.
Apple says the wrap-around screen would allow customers to play video games or watch videos that would play on both sides of the phone. A still photo could also appear in a continuous loop around the iPhone.
Apple would also replace all of its physical buttons with virtual options, according to the patent application.
The Apple patent doesn’t give us any insight into when this new display could be implemented with future phones.
While Apple now holds a patent for the technology, that doesn’t mean it’s going to become a reality anytime in the near future. Apple files hundreds of patents for technology it might introduce in new devices.