New Apple Foldable Phone Details Suggest Different Approach

The patent details how a potential future foldable device will be selectively heated where the screen bends in order to prevent damage when it’s flexed

New Apple Foldable Phone Details Suggest Different Approach
New Apple Foldable Phone Details Suggest Different Approach

A recently published patent about Apple’s rumoured foldable phone reveals the iPhone maker will have a slightly different take on flexible display technology compared to its rivals.

The patent details how a potential future foldable device will be selectively heated where the screen bends in order to prevent damage when it’s flexed. The patent essentially suggests that foldable displays are at risk of damage when they’re flexed at certain temperatures.

The patent goes on to say that Apple could prevent the device from folding if the screen is too cold, instead heating the hinge beforehand.

Patents aren’t necessarily good predictors of what a final device will look like or the technology that will be included. But it does reveal that the Cupertino-based company is thinking differently about foldable technology.

Interestingly, we’ve heard very little from foldable phone manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei about how flexible displays are susceptible to damage at lower temperatures. The timing of this patent – a week after two major foldable devices are released – couldn’t be better for Apple. More

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Jay McGregor

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