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1. (WO2013048881) ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH SIDEWALL DISPLAYS
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What is Claimed is:

1. An electronic device, comprising:

a housing having a sidewall;

a flexible display; and

a transparent display cover layer that covers a first portion of the flexible display so that the first portion of the flexible display is visible through the transparent display cover layer, wherein the sidewall has at least one opening and wherein the flexible display is bent so that a second portion of the flexible display is visible through the opening in the sidewall.

2. The electronic device defined in claim 1 wherein the flexible display comprises:

a flexible display layer; and a touch-sensitive layer.

3. The electronic device defined in claim 2 further comprising a transparent material in the opening, wherein the transparent material in the opening covers the second portion of the flexible display so that the second portion of the flexible display is visible through the transparent material in the opening.

4. The electronic device defined in claim 2 further comprising a transparent button member in the opening .

5. The electronic device defined in claim 4 further comprising a biasing member that exerts a force on the transparent button member in the opening.

6. The electronic device defined in claim 4 wherein the transparent button member contains a lens.

7. The electronic device defined in claim 2 further comprising a lens in the opening, wherein the lens is configured to magnify information displayed on the second portion of the flexible display.

8. The electronic device defined in claim 2 wherein the sidewall is substantially perpendicular to the transparent display cover layer and wherein the

transparent display cover layer forms a planar front surface for the electronic device.

9. The electronic device defined in claim 8 wherein the transparent display cover layer comprises a layer selected from the group consisting of: a clear glass layer and a layer of clear plastic having a

thickness of 0.1 mm to 3 mm.

10. An electronic device, comprising:

a flexible display; and

a display cover layer, wherein a first portion of the display cover layer forms a front surface for the electronic device, wherein the display cover layer is bent so that a second portion of the display cover layer forms a sidewall surface for the electronic device, wherein the flexible display is bent to conform to an inner surface of the display cover layer, and wherein the display cover layer comprises a patterned opaque masking layer interposed between at least the second portion of the display cover layer and the flexible display.

11. The electronic device defined in claim 10 wherein the opaque masking layer comprises ink on the inner surface of the display cover layer, wherein the ink has openings that define active display regions in the second portion of the display cover layer.

12. The electronic device defined in claim 10 wherein at least some of the patterned opaque masking layer is interposed between the first portion of the display cover layer and the flexible display, wherein the patterned opaque masking layer has at least a first opening under the first portion of the display cover layer and at least a second opening under the second portion of the display cover layer, and wherein the flexible display is visible through the first and second openings.

13. The electronic device defined in claim 12 wherein the flexible display comprises:

a flexible display layer; and a touch-sensitive layer that extends under at least some of the second opening.

14. The electronic device defined in claim 10 wherein the display cover layer comprises clear glass.

15. The electronic device defined in claim 10 wherein the display cover layer comprises a sheet of clear plastic having a thickness of 0.1 mm to 3 mm.

16. An electronic device, comprising:

a housing; and

a flexible touch-sensitive display mounted in the housing, wherein the flexible touch-sensitive display has a bend so that a first portion of the flexible touch-sensitive display forms a planar front surface for the electronic device and so that a second portion of the flexible touch-sensitive display forms a sidewall surface for the electronic device, wherein the flexible touch-sensitive display comprises illuminated pixels and

additional circuitry, wherein at least one region of the second portion of the flexible touch-sensitive display is configured to form an illuminated touch-sensitive region that includes at least some of the illuminated pixels, and wherein the illuminated touch-sensitive region is

separated from the first portion of the flexible touch-sensitive display by at least some of the additional circuitry .

17. The electronic device defined in claim 16 wherein a portion of the illuminated touch-sensitive region is configured to form a volume button for adjusting an audio output volume for the electronic device during at least one mode of operation for the electronic device.

18. The electronic device defined in claim 17 wherein the portion of the illuminated touch-sensitive region is configured to form a camera shutter button for activating an image capture process during at least one additional mode of operation for the electronic device.

19. The electronic device defined in claim 18 wherein a predetermined user input to the illuminated touch-sensitive region triggers a change from the at least one mode of operation to the at least one additional mode of operation.

20. The electronic device defined in claim 16 wherein a portion of the illuminated touch-sensitive region is configured to form a camera shutter button for activating an image capture process during at least one mode of operation for the electronic device.

21. The electronic device defined in claim 20 wherein the camera shutter button includes a camera icon displayed in the portion of the illuminated touch-sensitive region.

22. The electronic device defined in claim 16 wherein the at least some of the additional circuitry comprises unilluminated pixels.

23. The electronic device defined in claim 16 wherein the at least some of the additional circuitry comprises control circuitry for operating the at least some of the illuminated pixels.