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Apple’s Latest Patent Application Hints At A Future Foldable iPhone
By Izza Sofia, 24 Nov 2017
Apple is developing a foldable iPhone that can be “opened and closed like a book.”
The latest patent describes itself as ‘Electronic Devices With Flexible Displays.’
According to the patent application, it describes a device with an all-screen design that would be bendable around a central flexible display area.
The display areas could be bent toward or away from each other and used as a traditional iPhone when folded or a small iPad-like display when opened flat.The patent also mentions the device has a MicroOLED screen, a next generation screen technology set to replace the OLED display in the latest iPhone X.
Samsung is also believed to be working on a similar handset, which could be revealed in January 2018. While LG and Samsung are both developing folding screens, it is believed Apple chose to work with LG to avoid privacy issues.
According to Korean site The Investor, “LG Display recently created a task force to develop a foldable OLED screen for the new iPhone model, while its parts-making sister firm LG Innotek has also setup a team dedicated to developing the rigid flexible printed circuit board, more widely called RFPCB.”
“Panel production could start from 2020,” it claims.
[via BGR, image via YouTube, Appft]
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