If they do this really right, it could definitely sway me to upgrade (maybe even pay retail) a phone with otherwise marginal improvements in specs. A row of "smart" capacitative buttons along one or more sides/edges of the phone would free-up valuable screen real estate while still being ultra convenient. The challenge to get it "right" is avoiding accidental presses because that's where we hold the phone.
About battery life, flexible devices has a low power consumption which means that we recharge the smartphones rarely than now. Korean researchers create a lithium-ion flexible battery and in future these batteries will be used in flexible smartphones. I find an article here with this flexible battery A bendable device needs flexible lithium-ion battery | Flexible Display
To me, this shows where Apple's current strategy is a very SHORT TERM one.
Apple is not a manufacturer. They work WITH manufacturers to develop new products. As they piss off more and more manufacturers (*cough* Samsung *cough*) they will have less and less opportunity to innovate going forward. Do you think Samsung will license this technology to Apple? (at least at a price that they can use profitably).
It's going to be VERY interesting to see how all of this mobile phone mess plays itself out in the next few years!
Phones: OG Droid >>Droid Bionic>>Moto X
Are there any other phone manufacturers besides Samsung that make their own screens, memory, processors, etc.? Samsung licenses patented technologies but they manufacture most of their own components, do they not?
Sure... if you're rounding Pi down to three. Please don't make me add 'rounding Pi down to three' to your list of crimes.
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