iPhone 5 slims down thanks to skinny screen patent

Determined to stay ahead of rivals, Apple is buying up all the best ideas for its new tech

Patents are big business, and while the main players are busy suing each other over them we'd much rather keep an eye on what it means for exciting new tech.

For example Apple has already landed a 3D gesture controls patent that we’re hoping to see in the new iPhone 5. Now it has bought up 21 new patents for future design ideas, the most exciting being an integrated touch screen which combines display and touch circuitry for a thinner, brighter, low power consumption display.

Apple applied for the patent back in 2009 so we’re hoping to see a super slim iPhone 5 – as supported by the latest leak – on the September release, which is now all but certain.


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