Apple’s New ‘Flexible Display’ Patent Hints At Seamless Foldable iPhone Design
By Thanussha Priyah, 06 Feb 2020
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Apple has registered for a new patent showcasing a design for a “flexible display” similar to the forthcoming Motorola Razr and the Galaxy Z Flip.
On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a filing by Apple under the title, “Electronic devices with flexible displays and hinges,” detailing a flexible display that can be folded and unfolded through a hinge mechanism.
The proposed technology suggests leaving space between the folding portions, providing a possible fix for the unsightly creases that inadvertently appear on existing foldable smartphones.
There is no confirmation on which device the patent would be linked to, though.
The document follows a similar patent that Apple previously filed for a folding device sporting a clamshell-like design. The existing patents do indicate that Apple could be venturing into the world of foldable devices, perhaps in the form of an iPhone or iPad.
However, it is worth pointing out that many of its patents don’t come to fruition, as Apple sometimes files these applications for protection.
Apple patents a foldable device with a hinge mechanism that helps prevent the display from being creased or damaged when folded 😯— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) February 4, 2020
I really want a folding iPad 😩 But I think we shouldn’t expect it before 2021...
(Patent - https://t.co/at18FA4aG4) pic.twitter.com/YNKehtpink
[via CNET, images via Apple]
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