Recently it became known that APple is developing a phone with a glass body.
This is confirmed by the fact that the company has received a patent for creation of “Electronic device with glass body”. It contains a description of the device, which could certainly be competitive to devices with folding screens.
The document contains a draft of the Apple smartphone, all six sides of which are made of glass. The main display here is one of the sides. It is assumed that the smartphone will look like a monolithic glass product, even if it is assembled from several separate parts. Almost certainly, it will not have any physical buttons, and their functions will be performed by the sides or back panel. They will either be touch-sensitive or simply pressure-sensitive.
Another smartphone of this kind, according to the plans of “apple”, will get a number of functions that are not available for devices with today’s form factor. For example, it is possible to install another display on the back panel, capable of displaying content as well as the main screen. The interface of such a device will be streamlined, allowing the distribution of icons of programs and applications in different parts of the smartphone.
Any of the applications can be stretched across the entire body of the product if needed.
However, all this is just speculation for now, since this is a patent issue. It is not a fact that the design of the device will remain the same. It can be improved or radically changed. Users only have to wait for the soon appearance of all-glass iPhone.