New patent suggests Apple will release a FOLDABLE iPhone


Following on from the recent news that Samsung is developing a foldable phone, it seems that Apple is doing the same with a device that is both a smartphone and a tablet.

The Samsung version, which will be known as the Galaxy X, is expected to be very different to other handsets.

It will be flexible meaning that users can hold and twist to change its size to suit their needs.

LG, the leaders in the OLED market, is also expected to enter the foldable the market.

Apple’s recently lodge a patent for a device resembling a book that will transform the phone into a small tablet.

According to the patent application, the description given is “An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded”.

“The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.”

The device, or its patent, also mentions a MicroOLED screen, the next generation of screen technology.

Korean site The Investor, claimed earlier this year the firm is already “developing an iPhone with a foldable display” with the Korean manufacturer.

Both LG and Samsung are working on foldable screens but it is believed that Apple favoured working with LG to avoid privacy issues.

“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,” the Investor says.

It is thought that panel production could start as early as 2020.

The Samsung version is likely to be hitting the stores far sooner and some believe that it could be unveiled at the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac & Patently Apple


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