News

Foldable iPhone Suggested in New Apple Patent

2019-02-18 954 Posted by 3uTools

Everyday it seems like there are rumors and leaks about another company working on a foldable phone. Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, Lenovo, Motorola all are rumored to have a bendable or foldable phone in the works. On Thursday, Apple updated a patent with drawings of a foldable clamshell phone. This is a continuation of a patent originally filed in 2011 and updated in 2016 with a drawing of what might be an iPhone with a flexible display.


What makes this new update particularly interesting is the timing. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Samsung is expected to show off more of its folding Galaxy X phone when it announces its new Galaxy S10.


The new drawings show a phone that folds up in half. It's a similar approach Motorola has in a patent for an updated Razr phone to make the phone more pocketable when not in use. Samsung and Xiaomi's approaches seem more about transforming a phone into a mini-tablet.


Foldable iPhone Suggested in New Apple Patent

Of particular interest are the various ways Apple shows incorporating hinges and housing around a flexible OLED display to make it bend. There are drawings of a clamshell design and another illustration is of a trifold design. The drawings show flexible screens folding up inward and outward which could indicate use in something beyond a phone like a MacBook or iPad.



Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


These new additions to Apple's patent for a flexible display are no guarantee that the company will release a foldable iPhone is 2019, but it's still exciting to think about.


Source: cnet

Related Articles

Apple Patent Reveals Its a New Concept for Foldable iPhone LetsGoDigital Brings Exclusive 3D Renders From Foldable iPhone Patent Apple Hints At A Foldable iPhone Once Again Foldable iPhone: Exclusive Folding Smartphone From Caviar AirPods With Biometric Sensors Detailed In New Apple Patents Bank of America Analyst Says Apple Plans to Launch Foldable iPhone in 2020 This Apple Patent Strongly Hints At A Foldable iPhone in 2018 Apple May Be Eyeing a Foldable iPhone