Published: Tue, November 28, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Apple's latest patent application hints at a folding iPhone

Apple's latest patent application hints at a folding iPhone

The patent covers all types of OLED, displays, LCD, and microLED, as reported by Indian Express. The display could be bent toward or away from each other and used as a traditional iPhone when folded in half or a small iPad when opened flat. The patent was filed on September 22, 2016 terming the device as a flexible display which can be folded. Apple may use liquid metal as well for the structure of the device and a micro-light-emitting diode (LED) display, which is more energy-efficient for the screen. This information backs rumours from last month that the Cupertino giant is working with LG Display on a foldable iPhone for 2020. According to 9to5Mac, the US Patent and Trademark Office has revealed that the Apple has filed a patent application for a foldable display.

At present, some smartphones, which feature OLED screens, are Apple's iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5, LG V30, and Vivo X9s.

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Earlier, reports said Apple has chose to go with LG and not Samsung (Samsung OLED displays are the best in the industry) owing to the fear that specifications could be leaked as Samsung is its arch-rival. Samsung is highly rumoured to be working on a foldable "Galaxy X" smartphone.

Apple's latest patent application comes on the heels of reports claiming that it is setting up an LG plant for production on foldable OLED panels.

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But we're not likely to see this happen in time for the next iPhone unless Apple has found a way to supercharge its supply chain. Samsung could launch the device at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next year. Microsoft is also said to be secretly developing a 2-in-1 device that can be worked as a phone and a tablet.

That said, Samsung could become the first company to commercially launch a foldable smartphone.

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