iPhone 5 rumor of the day: Curved-glass iPhone 5 coming

May 23, 2011

While nearly every indication points to Apple (AAPL) – at best – releasing a mild update to the iPhone 4 (billed the iPhone 4S), DigiTimes is reporting that the company’s Taiwan-based supply chain is tinkering around with a curved-glass model for an upcoming iPhone 5 release.

“Apple reportedly has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers,” said the sources.

The DigiTimes report did not indicate a timetable for any potential curved-glass iPhone 5 release.

It is plausible that a curved-glass display iPhone 5 could be released later this year, then most pundits believe Apple will release a truly next generation device. Android devices, including the Google (GOOG) Nexus S, already offer this feature.

In any event, DigiTimes sources are indicating that Apple has purchased as many as 300 glass cutting machines to manufacture the device.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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