It seems common knowledge that Apple has patented a foldable smartphone but it is fair to say that we don’t know too much about it.
One thing that is certain is that an Apple flip phone will be much more advanced than the flip phones of the early 00’s.
A patent for a new Apple flip phone device shows a phone designed to fold in the middle but which also includes a flexible OLED screen, reported Apple Insider.
Something that we have learnt from Apple is that, just because they have a patent, it doesn’t mean that it will ever be manufactured. However, this latest patent does suggest a change in Apple’s thinking.
Apple have tended not to make too much use of the OLED screens – more advanced technology than the backlit LCDs that are currently used in every iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod.
This is expected to change in 2017 as at present the OLED screens are only used on the Apple Watch.
OLED displays do not require a backlight as they emit their own light which results in darker blacks and bolder colours. Another added benefit is that they use less power – therefore helping to save battery life.
The patent was originally filed in 2014 and what was shown in the patent isn’t currently possible.
At present, flexible and bendable OLED screens are only used on a large scale for curved TVs and some smartphones, but none are anywhere near as bendable as the extreme degrees depicted in Apple’s patent.
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