The Apple/Samsung legal battle continues to show us some really interesting information about the design process behind our favorite phones. We’ve seen a pile of different versions that Apple flirted with, but this is one of the more curious. Spotted by NetworkWorld, it looks like Apple was pretty seriously considering a version of the iPhone with a curved glass screen, but was stymied by cost.
Apple’s former ”Industrial Design Creative Lead” and current VP of Industrial Design at Intel, Douglas Satzger’s deposition contained the information. He said:
The technology in shaping the glass, the cost relative to shaping the glass at the time, and some of the design features of this specific shape were not liked… The technology at the time had a lot to do with it. The qualities of the glass at the time had a lot to do with it. These are models — I’m trying to remember a time frame — that were before gorilla glass and before a lot of the other factors.
Unfortunately, this interesting looking curved glass design was ditched for being too expensive. What do you think? Would you have used an iPhone that was convex on both sides?
The rest of the deposition talks about the problems with some of the other design’s usability, and more about how Apple product designs happen. It’s all interesting stuff.