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  • A new Apple document reveals a futuristic iPhone
  • The iPhone has an all-glass design with touch or force sensitive sides and displays
  • The future iPhone might not feature a Lightning port

The industry is anticipating that Apple would launch the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of this year. In Sept. 2020, the Cupertino-based company might also introduce its flagship smartphone in iPhone 12 series. A new Apple document reveals that it is looking into developing a futuristic iPhone with a mind-blowing form factor.

Game-Changing iPhone Design

The tech company may be considering developing an iPhone model that sports glass on all its six sides. One of these glasses would serve as the device's primary display and act as the main point of contact. The future iPhone would feature a seamless all-glass design that would look like a single piece of glass.

Apple is also exploring the possibility of making the displays at the back and on the sides force or touch-sensitive. If this happens, all the touch or force-sensitive sides could serve as extra input devices. The tech juggernaut also believes that its iPhone with all-glass design could allow functions that current form factor could not support.

The iPhone 11 helped Apple regain the crown as leader of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to analysts The iPhone 11 helped Apple regain the crown as leader of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to analysts Photo: AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI

iPhone Without Lightning Port 

Aside from its all-glass design, another noticeable implication of the recently discovered Apple concept is the possibility of ditching the Lightning Port along with other buttons. The concept was first mentioned by TFI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last year. But, he did not give more details about it.

The Taiwan-based analyst mentioned that the Lightning port-less iPhone could arrive in 2021 and could be the top-tier model of the next flagship series. Another possibility that the all-glass iPhone implies is that it might be totally dependent on wireless charging.

Apple Document

Apple submitted the latest concept to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It was filed on Aug. 2019 and was published by the institution last Thursday. The patent is titled "Electronic device with glass enclosure."

At this point, these details are just part of the Apple concept. The patent is not, in any way, a guarantee that the company is, indeed, releasing an all-glass iPhone totally reliant to wireless charging and does not have any Lightning port. But, it could be Apple's answer to the EU resolution of using a universal cable for all smartphones in the future.